^pArlene Edmonds

^pTribune Correspondent

Christian men will be shredding papers, collecting thrift donations, and recycling for free this weekend.

The Men’s Ministry of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia is helping the community to clean house this weekend. They will hold a “Summer Cleaning” event at their campus located at 7500 Germantown Ave. in Mount Airy on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The only portion of the clean house extravaganza with a cost is car washed. There is be a fee of $5 to $7 to wash a car or truck. The funds from this event will not go directly to the men’s group. Instead, the funds will be put aside for a fall cleaning event.

“This is all part of our men’s collaborative here at the church,” said Albert Blackstock, an active member of New Covenant. “This is really about giving back to the community. We’re giving them a chance to do some decluttering this summer. We want them to bring their recyclables here and clean out their closets.

“We live in a society where we accumulate so much. Often we don’t use all the things that are in our closet. Sometimes when I go in my closet or the garage I see thing I forgot I even had. We also accumulate so many papers that need to be shredded. So it’s good to have a safe place to shred those sensitive documents all at once,” Blackstock said.

Among those volunteering their time for the July 26 event will be LA Fitness. They will be doing some exercise demonstrations. This, , according to Blackstock, is also part of the male ministry’s goal of maintaining one’s health both in the body and the surrounding environment.

“We are always looking for ways to help the community to heal,” Blackstock said. “There are so many things that we tend to put off like washing our car. So, we will do that for a small fee. Yet that is the only thing that will cost you anything at this weekend’s event. Everything else is absolutely free.”

The items that will be accepted for donation are basic clothing for adults and children, shoes, purses, accessories, furniture, dishes and kitchenware, linens, jewelry, antiques and collections, books, electronics, stereos, CDs and DVDs.

They will not accept upholstered furniture or mattresses, console televisions, pianos, organs, spas, baby equipment more than six months old, encyclopedias or textbooks, skis, boots, bowling balls, gas grills, heaters, used paints, or any items in need of repair or missing parts.

Additionally, the Whosoever Gospel Mission will be on hand to collect items placed in used grocery bags without holes. They are encouraging donors to bring clothing, shoes and sneakers, pocketbooks, hats, belts, dishes, household decorations, DVD and VHS tapes, CDs and record albums, bed linens, jewelry, and children’s books. They, too, will only accept items in good condition.

Eforce Recycling be on hand to accept some electronics. They will pick up old laptops, telephones, microwaves, cameras, cell phones, calculators, dehumidifiers, typewriters, small appliances, fax machines, keyboards, printers, air conditioners, and anything that plugs in. They will not accept smoke detectors, large appliances or projection televisions. Be sure that all screens on electronic devices are not cracked or broken.

Finally, Shred1Security Corporation will do the secure shredding at the event. They will have their on-site mobile shredding vehicles to do the shredding right in front of the donors. Please be sure the papers have no staples, paper clips, or any metal (on hanging file folders).

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