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Gothenburg church hosts annual 'Gifts From The Heart' shopping event

Gothenburg church hosts annual 'Gifts From The Heart' shopping event. (NTV News)

A Gothenburg church is continuing to give back to the community as it hosts its annual unique shopping experience.

"No purchase necessary" - that's the idea behind tables full of donated items at the First United Methodist Church's annual Gifts from the Heart event. Now in its seventh year, what started as one parishioner's vision of helping others has continually grown into a different type of community-wide giving exchange, no matter what the need. Shoppers can take items that they need without seeing a single price tag.

"It was just something on my heart and I just kept thinking about having a sale to help our community and surrounding community," said event co-creator Wendy Bartels. "And the biggest idea I had was I wanted to have donations come in and nothing is priced. "

"It's really just a blessing either way those who are donating, those who are shopping, those who are donating funds," said event co-creator Lisa Jorgenson. "It's really nice, it's kind of the antithesis of black Friday. We feel like this is the chance to give, and shop, and give from the heart."

Funding from free-will donations will be used by the Gothenburg Ministerial Association to help community members with extra needs.

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