Volunteers at Saginaw church repairing household items for free

SAGINAW (WJRT) (5/13/2019) - Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Saginaw is hosting a Repair Cafe this weekend to fix broken items so people don't have to buy new.

"Not only do we repair things but we try to teach them how to do it so that they don't throw things away,” said coordinator Bob Long.

Examples of household items that can be repaired include toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, fans, vacuums, coffee makers and much more. Various volunteer experts will be available to fix the items free of charge.

"By saving money repairing things, it gives them more money for their own personal use,” Long said.

However, there is one exception.

"Anything with a gasoline engine, we don't look at anything with gas powered engines,” Long said.

He said repairing items also helps the environment.

"We have to be very aware of what we are throwing away," Long said. "It's not going into landfills and if it can be recycled and repaired that's what we want to do."

The church has been doing these repair cafes for a number of years, hoping this year the number of people who show up will increase.

"We're looking forward to a great turnout,” Long said.

The repair café will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Anyone with broken items should come early because there are usually long lines.