ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- All it takes is one person and one idea to make a difference. Food, clothes, furniture, and a variety of other of other items were given away to people in need on Saturday, July 6.

Jessica Northrup, owner of Mystery Unicorn Magic Art Studio in Horseheads, felt called to action after noticing those in her community were in need. She has organized several giveaway events in the last few months but today's effort to create change was through a cookout and giveaway.

The giveaway was located at the H&R Block storefront, where Northrup also works, on South Main Street in Elmira and it was packed with volunteers and people seeking supplies. 

"So, we decided at Christmas time, 'Let's do a giveaway and have Santa there' and that is how it all started," said Northrup. "Then it just grew and grew when we found out the need for the community and how many people showed up for that event. There was a greater need than even I had realized."

Northrup is utilizing social media and her personal and business resources to help others get the things they were looking for. She even gathered everyone she could to help. This included her family, friends, and coworkers.

"They are so appreciative and it's just heartwarming to see that they are, you know, getting what they need and that we can help," said Diane Angle, a first-time volunteer and Northrup's aunt.

Northrup and Angle mentioned that a large amount of shoes were available for pickup. Earlier in the day, they encountered a man who had no soles on his shoes and, because of all the donations they received, they were able to quickly find and pass along a new pair. Northrup encouraged people who have extra items laying around to save them and donate them.

As Angle said, the appreciation of everyone who attended was there and it was evident.

"It helps a lot because clothes--anything--- is really expensive anymore," said Grace Lowe, an attendee.

These giveaways are occurring regularly now, every month or two, and Northrup wants to help in any way she can. Rain or shine, the volunteers are out in Elmira lending a hand.

"The last time we did this event, two months ago, there was a little girl here and she walked up to me and, she was probably like two or three well, maybe a little older, like three or four and she said, 'This is the best day ever, you're so nice to us' and I just burst into tears because for even the kids to know that there's more out there and somebody cares," said Northrup. "That's what it's all about is making sure that somebody cares."

No date is set in stone yet for the next giveaway but, Northrup is looking to hold one around September for when kids are heading back to school. She says donations and volunteers are always welcome.

If you would like to donate or help, you can reach out to Jessica Northrup by emailing [email protected] or texting/calling 607-259-9250.

Northrup also said you can stop by in person at the Mystery Unicorn Magic Art Studio at 120 South Main Street in Horseheads. Either her daughter or herself will be there to accept donations and discuss volunteering.