Shirt off my Back Ministries has had such a demand today for the free clothes and food, that they will stay open until 2pm. The giveaway is taking place at Bermuda Public Storage on Elliott Street and is being sponsored by the youth wing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. <em>*Photo by Don Burgess</em>
Shirt off my Back Ministries has had such a demand today for the free clothes and food, that they will stay open until 2pm. The giveaway is taking place at Bermuda Public Storage on Elliott Street and is being sponsored by the youth wing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. *Photo by Don Burgess

SATURDAY, MARCH 17: In an era of need, the one denomination’s youth wing is committed to making a difference by offering free clothes and food to the community.

Kylah Allers, the associate youth director for the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said: “We’re doing this to help out the community. We’ve labeled the day ‘Shirt off my back Ministry’ because we’re giving out clothes today.

“Not just any random clothes that nobody would want, but stuff that I would wear.

“People have donated brand new shoes, clothes with their tags still on it – it’s really good stuff.

“We’ve also accepted food donations so we’re giving out bread, pasta, rice, cereal, toothpaste, toilet paper and all sorts of food items and other necessities.

“People are being very conscientious when they come in. They are taking just what they need. They’re not bringing in a truck and trying to load it up. They are aware that other people are in need too, which is great.”

The food and clothing giveaway is taking place at Bermuda Public Storage on Elliott Street until roughly 2pm today.

Ms Allers said: “I’d like to thank Troy Burrows for allowing us to use this space for free. This is a perfect location."

She said the denomination is also sponsoring health screenings in the Washington Mall near Kodak and there are students walking around on a combination prayer walk and street ministry.

“They are giving out bottles of water on the street and encouraging messages on a card to try to give them hope and lift their spirits. We want to let people know that God loves them – and He does.”

She said they are also doing random acts of kindness throughout the day.

There will also be two flash mob incidents.

“We’re going to go to a heavily trafficked area and assume postures or prayer — they will either kneel down, bow their head or hold hands — and freeze in that position while other people hold signs that say prayer works.”