St. Luke’s Episcopal Church began its annual back-to-school clothing giveaway, which was coupled with free eye exams, Friday in the Kohfeldt Parish Hall of the church. The offerings were a cooperative effort of the church, Manna Ministries and the Denison Rotary Club.


The final day of the clothing giveaway will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. No proof of income or residency is needed to attend the giveaway.


“Approximately 450 people came through our doors in the first four hours,” Manna Ministries Director Carol Singletary said Friday in reference to that morning’s activities. “We will also offer major giveaways of fall and winter clothing in November, and spring and summer clothing in late April or early May.”


Through its Manna Ministries, St. Luke’s sustains its clothing giveaway on a continuing basis. It is coupled with a food pantry in a duplex across the street from the church. Both operate side by side from 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday at 300-301 Gandy, with clothing also available Monday from 4-8 p.m.


“My children and I enjoy volunteering at these events,” volunteer Jennifer Mize said. “It brings us closer together and gives us a chance to give something back.


Additionally, the church provides meals for struggling populations. It serves its free Manna Meal on Saturdays at 5 p.m. in the parish hall. The church also prepares meals offered at no cost by Center Cross Ministries in its soup kitchen at 1001 Owens. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. with lunch provided Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


“Our church prepares these meals in a full commercial kitchen, and we see as many as 100 at our Manna Meal on Saturdays,” the Very Rev. Donald Perschall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church said. “In all of these ministries, we are responding to Jesus’ imperative to feed and clothe, and meet additional needs of ‘the least of these my brethren’ found in Matthew 25:31-46.”


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located 427 W. Woodard Street in Denison.