Over the last two years, First Christian Church of Cassville has had the opportunity to assist around 50 new mothers through its New Mom's Closet ministry.
"New Mom's Closet was established at the church to help all new moms as they give birth to their babies," said Cindy Puryear, of First Christian Church. "We help any mother in our community regardless of how many children they have, what faith or economic standing they may be. We want to encourage mothers in giving life to their babies."
The New Mom's Closet, which is located inside the church, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Monday. Expectant and new mothers should visit the church office to complete a registration card and receive items from the closet.
"At the first initial visit new moms will receive a reusable laundry basket filled with diapers, wipes, a baby bib, baby wash, baby lotion, a receiving blanket, onesies and socks," said Puryear. "They may return two times within the next six months from the first visit and receive diapers and wipes."
Several of the new moms who have used the New Mom's Closet have returned a second or third time for additional diapers and wipes, said Puryear.
"First Christian felt there was a need to reach new moms in this area, especially with the economic situation the way it is," said Puryear. "We want moms to have a positive experience in having their child and to be able to receive both physical and spiritual help as needed. By helping in the area of spiritual needs, we feel we can have an impact on our community in a positive way and hopefully by impacting our newest citizens to be an asset to our community in the future.
"We hope to be available to help in teaching the core values of Christianity of 'loving our neighbor as ourselves' that in some way can make our community a better place to live," said Puryear. "We feel as Christians we need to do what we can to support life, especially for the most vulnerable among us. What better way than to help give the mom who has chosen to have her baby, items that she will need to take the burden off herself so she can focus on her child."
Individuals who are interested in donating items or monetary gifts to the New Mom's Closet can drop donations off at the church office.
The New Mom's Closet opened on Oct. 12, 2009. On its opening day, the ministry served six new mothers.
For more information, call First Christian Church at 847-2460.