Donations to benefit new mothers

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Group donates to ministry Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Sept. 22, Soroptimist International of Barry County presented Cindy Puryear, of the First Christian Church's New Mom's Closet ministry, with a dozen baskets filled with baby items. Soroptimist International of Barry County members are pictured above. In the front row, from left, are: Stacy Runnels, Mindi Artherton, Beth Hudson and Pat Hagins. Back row: Casey Gauss, Michelle Bredeson, Misha Blakey, Sarah Pursell, Crystal Roller, Donna Hayes, Pat Chapman, Jill LeCompte, Barbara White and Puryear.

Thanks to donations provided by Soroptimist International of Barry County, the First Christian Church of Cassville's New Mom's Closet ministry currently has a dozen more baskets available for local expectant mothers.

"Thank you so much," said Cindy Puryear, of First Christian Church. "This will help us serve a lot more new moms."

Last month, Puryear was invited to share information on the New Mom's Closet with the local organization. Club members were so inspired by Puryear's presentation that they decided to collect funds for the ministry.

According to Beth Hudson, the local organization collected $286 for the New Mom's Closet. Hudson used the funds to purchase a variety of baby items, which the club members assembled into baskets on Sept. 23.

The New Mom's Closet, which is located inside First Christian Church, is open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Monday. Expectant and new mothers are invited to visit the church office to complete a registration card and receive a basket of baby items.

Adorable donations Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Last Thursday, Soroptimist International of Barry County presented the New Mom's Closet, a ministry of First Christian Church that serves new moms in the community, with a variety of baby items. In the photo above, Crystal Roller, Soroptimist International of Barry County president, and Barbara White show off a pair of adorable donated items.

At the 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. New moms can return two more times within six months of the first visit and receive diapers and wipes.

The New Mom's Closet, which opened on Oct. 12, 2009, has served over 50 new moms. The ministry served six new mothers on its opening day.

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in donating items or monetary gifts to the New Mom's Closet can drop donations off at the church office. The church is located on First Street near the intersection of Old Exeter Road and Highway 37 in Cassville.

For more information, call the church office at 847-2460.

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