Someone looking for free gear because of staring out in bushcraft, I would send them to this thread:
Its a listing of free/cheap materials. I would also encourage them to look at thrift stores, and military surplus stores.
When I first started out most of my gear was from these places, and honestly still is. I have been blessed and able to pick up a few enhanced items, but at it's core I am still using the same skills I was using with the discount store tarp and thrift store backpack. I agree, If you feel moved to help someone in need, check them out, but bushcraft is less about the stuff and more about the skill, IMHO. It is a great thing to be a giver, and one of the things that got me hooked here was seeing the genuine community and generosity. Just be careful folks. Thanks for bringing this back around.