Common Goods Store

Canton and Stark County Food & Clothing Assistance
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Find help with life’s essential needs.

Common Goods is a ministry of First Christian Church that meets tangible needs of clothing, food, and household items in Stark County. We believe Christ lives in, with, and through us, and so we reach out in Jesus’ unconditional love to help people facing challenging times.

How to get help with clothing:

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Bring your photo ID.
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For your first visit, bring one of these items for each child: Medical card, birth certificate, school report card.
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Bring custody papers (if you are not the child’s parent).
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Park and enter at “Entrance B,” where someone at the Common Goods Window will help you fill out an application (your information will be stored in our system for at least a year).
You may receive clothing items once per month.

How to get help with food:

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Bring your photo ID.
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Park and enter at “Entrance B,” and someone will assist you with an application and food pickup.
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If this is not a scheduled food distribution, visit the main desk near “Entrance A,” and the receptionist will help you with an application.
Anyone receiving food assistance must be income eligible based on current federal poverty guidelines.

Common Goods Hours

Holiday Schedule

Closed: Dec. 24-Jan. 3

Re-Open:  Jan. 7, 11am

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11am-2pm

—Each month—

2nd/3rd Wednesday: 5pm-7pm

4th Saturday: 9am-noon

Food Distribution

3rd Friday: 9am-11am

Common Goods is closed during most major U.S. holidays. We follow the closing schedule for Plain Local Schools during bad weather. Check this page for current info on closings or changes in scheduled hours.

Common Questions

Can I get financial assistance?

We do offer financial help on a limited basis. Because of generous donations from our church family, we have a benevolence fund which is used to help families in crisis with rent and utilities. We do not receive grant money. You do not need to be a member of First Christian Church to receive help, but members will receive first consideration.

Everyone seeking assistance must first fill out a financial assistance application. This application is available at the front receptionist desk. Fill it out completely and leave it, along with any supporting paperwork—such as a bill, disconnect notice, or eviction notice—with the receptionist.

Is there other stuff for my family at the church?

A huge YES! We’d love for you to check out our Sunday services. Our services are designed for everyone high school and up. We’ve also got great, high-energy programs for kids, starting from the littlest babies up through 5th grade, and a middle school experience next door in Edgewood Community Center.

Why does the church have the Common Goods store?

God has blessed us with so much that we want to share what we’ve been given with our community. We have been in operation for over 25 years, and we currently help 1,000-2,000 people every month, and give out 10,000-20,000 clothing items. We still exist for the same reason as when we started: We’re here to help people facing challenging times.

Can I help in some way?

Yes! We only exist because of the generosity in time, money, and physical donations of ordinary people like you across our city and county. Donations of clothing and household items can be made any time. Contributions are tax-deductible (just request a donation form from the front desk receptionist or the Common Goods window). We often have volunteer openings to help run the Common Goods store or help during food distribution. See below for more about giving your time or resources to help.

Making a Contribution

Donations we can use
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Clean, gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing
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Clean, gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s winter coats and outerwear
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New socks of any size
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New or clean, gently-used blankets and towels
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Clean pots, pans, utensils, and dishes in good working order.
Donations we cannot use
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Books
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Old toys
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Furniture
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TVs/Electronics
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Prom dresses or formal wear
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Old baby carriers, booster seats, high chairs, playpens, or car seats
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Pillows or rugs

*While we do not accept certain items, our local partners at Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Stark County may be able to accept certain household items. Visit their website to learn more.

Want to volunteer in in this ministry?

First Christian

Store Location

 

6900 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44721

For clothing donations, please seal in a plastic bag, and leave in the beige drop-off shed behind our building. For food donations, please leave in the cart by the entrance during office hours.

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