Five years after he started collecting donations for needy families, Bobby Brunner is still going strong.

The York City activist, who founded Neighbors Helping Neighbors in 2009 after a fire displaced 61 families from their homes on Chestnut Street, will host two giveaways in May.

Brunner has regularly hosted giveaways for the past five years, but it's been a few months since he hosted a big one.

"I'm ready for it," he said.

Local businesses, educational institutions, other nonprofits and regular people give goods to Brunner, who collects and distributes them to the public.

For example, he's got trucks full of furniture donated by York College and local hotels.

Many of the group's benefactors continue to be fire victims, Brunner said.

The next giveaway open to the public is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in conjunction with a customer appreciation day hosted by several businesses in the 600 block of East Market Street.

Brunner said he'll have lots of children's toys and clothing to give away.

Then, on Saturday, May 17, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be at the United Way, 800 E. King St. That giveaway will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brunner said.

Brunner said he's looking for medical professionals to volunteer their services at the events.

And he's always looking for donations of goods that people can use.

To help out, contact Brunner at (717) 858-0950.

— Reach Erin James at