What is Common Goods

Common Goods is a ministry of First Christian Church that exists to make an impact in Stark County. We believe Christ lives in, with, and through us, and so we reach out unconditionally in His love by helping to meet tangible needs of clothing, and food. Below are the three main functions of Common Goods.

Operates as a free thrift store for men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing.

Assists area families with food free-of-charge once a month.

Provides assistance in cases of special need or hardship

Store Hours
Closed May 27-29 (Memorial Day Weekend) and July 4.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
2nd and 3rd Wednesday evenings
4th Saturday
Food Distribution
3rd Friday

We are 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.


6900 Market Ave. N | Canton, OH 44721

How to get assistance

On your first visit to Common Goods, you’ll be asked to fill out an application (which we’ll keep on file, so you don’t have to fill it out every time). Below is what you’ll need to bring when applying to Common Goods for the first time.

Bring one of the following for each child:

Medical card

Birth certificate

Report card

Please also bring these items:

Your photo ID

Custody papers (if you are not the parent)

For food or financial assistance, we must also ask you to follow the directions below.

If you are in need of food assistance, you can come to First Christian Church on the 3rd Friday of the month from 9-11am. You will need your photo ID and will be asked to fill out a TEFAP eligibility form.  Please use Entrance “B” for Common Goods.

Note: Clients receiving food assistance must be income eligible based on current federal poverty guidelines.

Because of the generous donations of our members, we have a benevolence fund which is used to help families in crisis with rent and utilities. We do not receive any grant money, so we are limited to what is received through offerings. Though we would love to be able to help everyone who comes with a legitimate need, we occasionally have to make tough decisions as to who receives this help and who doesn’t. You do not have to be a member of First Christian Church to receive help, but members will get 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. The receptionist will make sure the application and paperwork get to Bradley Clark, our Benevolence Pastor.


We’re always in need of and grateful for food and clothing donations. Clothing donations can be placed in a plastic bag inside the beige drop-off shed behind FCC (and can be made any time). Non-perishable food donations can be placed in a the shopping cart inside FCC’s main entrance (and can be made during open hours). Below is a list of items we do and do not accept.

Items we accept

Clean, gently-used clothing

Clean blankets, sheets, and towels

Clean pots, pans, utensils, and dishes in good working order.

Items we do not accept


Old toys


TVs or electronics

Prom dresses or formal wear

Old baby carriers, booster/high chairs, playpens, or car seats

Pillows or rugs

*Please note that while we do not accept these items, our local partners at Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Stark County may be able to accept them. Visit their website to learn more.

Drop-Off Location

6900 Market Ave. N | Canton, OH 44721