By Erica Howes (published 26 June 2018)
2018 Big Give 1On June 2, St. Albans, St-Bernard-de-Clairvaux, and Centre 454 opened their courtyard gates and hosted the Big Give, a garage sale where everything is free.
Tables and boxes were sorted and filled with kitchen supplies, household decorations, children’s toys, clothing and furniture. Many people were incredulous or skeptical when volunteers said everything is free and repeated the motto of the Big Give: “take what you need.” There’s no judgement or catch, it’s simply a day of radical generosity.
They say one person’s junk is another person’s treasure and it was true at the Big Give, where many interesting objects had people guessing at their hidden stories and wondering how they could fit into their own homes.
“Some of us have difficult lives of no fault of their own. Today is a chance for those of us who have been lucky to make a little bit of a difference of those who haven’t,” said St. Albans volunteer Gillian Wallace, explaining that many people at the Big Give live in shelters or have recently got housing.