• Community members root through a plethora of free items at the Freecycle Center on Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr, July 31.

    Shopping for free

    Community members root through a plethora of free items at the Freecycle Center on Tower Barracks in Grafenwoehr, July 31.

  • Brightly colored donation bins sit outside the facility to allow donations around the clock.

    Donation bins

    Brightly colored donation bins sit outside the facility to allow donations around the clock.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- It's been over three months since the Freecycle Center opened its doors on Tower Barracks and the community at large has benefited.

Set in Building 441, right next to the Grafenwoehr Car Care Center, the facility offers free items to the community through donations.

Since its inception, Freecycle has seen roughly 750 people a month rooting through free wares from clothes to appliances and everything in-between. Additionally, the community has donated an amount of useable goods so plentiful that Assistant Manager Chasity Burger could only describe as "a lot."

With an influx of items due to the PCS season, more volunteers are needed. Freecycle is run solely by volunteers and these volunteers carry out duties from sorting, organizing, helping customers and managing day-to-day operations.

Interested parties can inquire within on an open day of operation or e-mail freecyclegraf@yahoo.com.

Burger said volunteers can work as much or as little as they wish and offered an extra incentive: "(Volunteers) get first dibs on all items."

This community operation can only survive with the help of volunteers and cooperation of the entire community. Reports of people rummaging through outside donation bins and reselling items for profit - both strictly prohibited - have been reported. If abused, the Freecycle Center could cease to exist.

"This is really a great service to the community and we want to keep it going as long as possible," said Burger.

Freecycle is open every Tuesday and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Page last updated Tue July 30th, 2013 at 09:49