Big Giveaway

Thousands of students from all over the world move to College Station each year. At Grace, we want to love our neighbors as ourselves, just as Jesus has commanded us. The Big Giveaway is more than just a furniture giveaway; it is an opportunity to share Christ-like love by stewarding our blessings well and opening up our homes. Our hope is that the Big Giveaway is a catalyst for us to know our neighbors so that the nations may know Jesus.

(979) 777-5555 | biggiveaway@grace-bible.org

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: See below for specific information about registration, transportation, and meeting American friends at the Big Party!

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Because God has given us more than enough in Jesus, we are to be an overflow of His love “in every good work” (2 Cor 9:7-8).  Ways that you may do this for our new neighbors is by donating needed furniture, volunteering for various event days leading up to the Big Giveaway, attending the Big Party, serving the day of, connecting with new international friends, and hosting a meal in your home (more info to come!).  Donations of water bottles, snacks for volunteers, cardboard boxes and finances are also welcome!  

 

VOLUNTEER:

It takes over 200 volunteers to make this event happen!  If interested in serving in any capacity, click here to sign up as a volunteer. Descriptions of the various volunteer opportunities are below.

 

DONATE - ITEMS WE ACCEPT:

Furniture - Living, Dining, Office, Bedroom

Working Bicycles, Locks, and Helmets

Vacuum Cleaners

Lamps

Small Appliances - most needed items: microwaves, rice cookers, coffee makers, blenders, toaster ovens

Dishes/Kitchen Items - sets of four dishes preferred (dishes, cups, utensils)

Bedding - sheets, comforters, blankets (please label size, e.g., twin, queen.  NO KING please)

Towels and Washcloths

NOTE: Please box or bag small items, and label (e.g., kitchen items, appliances, bedding and towels). This helps to make storage and organization easier!

 

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE:

Worn, Stained, or Torn items

China Cabinets

Armoirs

King Sized Items - mattresses, sheets, comforters

Sleeping Pillows

Clothes / Shoes

Children’s items - cribs, toys

Books, movies

Home Decor, including Holiday Decor

Large Appliances - washers, dryers, refrigerators

Computer Equipment - monitors, laptops, printers

Televisions

Phones - cellular, cordless, or corded phones

Cleaning supplies - mops, brooms, toilet brushes

 

DONATION DROP OFF DATES:

Dec Drop Offs: Volunteers will be available to help unload items.

When -- Friday, December 13, 2019 from 3-5pm

              Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10am - Noon

Where -- United Realty: 727 Graham Road, College Station

When -- Friday, May 8, 2020 from 5-7pm

              Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 10am - Noon

Where -- TBD

When -- Tuesday, June 30, 2020

              Wednesday, June 31, 2020

Where -- TBD

          Please DO NOT bring items to Grace Bible Church or leave them at the storage unit outside of the designated drop off times.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Below are descriptions of all the opportunities throughout the year to take part in the Big Giveaway.  To sign up to volunteer, please click here.

 

DROP OFFS:

Help unload and sort items brought throughout the year to our storage facilities.  

 

THE "BIG MOVE":

Help move donated items from our storage units to the College Auditorium and Youth Gym at the Grace Anderson Campus on Sunday, August 16, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

THE "BIG SORT":

Help organize, sort, and repair donated items on Tuesday - Thursday, August 18-20, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (time slots available! Come for as little or as long as you can).  

 

THE "BIG PARTY": 

Help welcome our international neighbors into the community through food and fellowship on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 6 - 9 p.m. (set-up begins at 5 p.m.).  

 

THE "BIG GIVEAWAY 2020":

The Main Event!  Help in a variety of ways on Saturday, August 22, from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.  We'd love for folks to plan to serve the whole time--there is lots to do and it's incredible what we accomplish in 8 hours! But we also have 1/2 day slots if you are not available for the whole time on Saturday.  

 

 

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

WELCOME!  WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE!

 

REGISTER:

Please come Friday, August 21 starting at 5 p.m. at 701 Anderson Street to register and secure your place in the Saturday queue; you do not need to stay overnight. Return Saturday morning by 7 a.m. for your furniture/household goods. 

 

BIG PARTY:

After registration, stay for the Big Party across the street at Anderson Park! There will be free food, resources, music, games and other fun.  

 

TRANSPORTATION:

GETTING HERE: There are two Texas A&M bus routes that get to the Big Giveaway: 26 (Rudder) and 27 (Ring Dance).  The Brazos Transit District's Maroon Route can also get you here. Times vary with all buses, especially on Saturday, so please check schedules ahead of time. At the Big Party on Friday night (see paragraph above), there will be sign-ups for getting rides back home Friday and to the Big Giveaway on Saturday.

 

GETTING HOME: On both Friday and Saturday, there will be people to help you, your furniture and household goods get home!

 

QUESTIONS? CONTACT:

biggiveaway@grace-bible.org or call 979-777-5555.