Milton group offers low-cost clothes to families

Even with Mother’s Day coming, some moms just can’t relax and let others pamper them.

For example, a group of moms in Milton were busy this weekend uncluttering their closets and helping the community with what’s been labeled the “M.O.M.E.” program.

That stands for “Moms On a Mission Exchange.”

And these ladies are definitely on a mission.

Using Facebook, Craigslist, and Freecycle, Rock County moms are spreading the word about the monthly clothing giveaways.

In just a little over a year, the M.O.M.E. program has gone from helping just a few scattered families to assisting more than 780 people.

On the second Saturday every month, Milton United Methodist Church transforms into a clothing boutique.

“With four kids, any time you can get a good deal on clothes you snag it up,” said volunteer Molly Coggins.

Jolyn Stankus, the program’s co-founder, describes M.O.M.E. as a rummage sale with no prices.

She says more people are coming through their doors looking for help.

“Bring a bag, take a bag,” said Stankus. “If you can’t bring a bag, guess what, we’ve got some to give you.”

“From five families to eight our first month,” Stankus continued. “We hit our record goal in March of this year of 120 families.”

Organizers stock clothing and shoes to outfit the entire family, but clothes for school age children tend to go first.

‘That’s what we have coming through, families that are rotating their kids’ clothes if it’s possible to rotate,” said Stankus.

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Coggins said this is one event where it truly is as nice to give as it is to receive.

“It’s nice to be able to go through your closets and get rid of something you haven’t worn or something you thought you’d like but didn’t and give it to somebody else,” said Coggins. “Then you can come in, find something new, wear it for a while, and circle it back in.”

For Coggins, her monthly trip from Janesville to Milton to volunteer is a family affair.

She said the program is helping families like hers stretch their dollars even further.

“It’s a good way to help yourself, help your kids, and have a little extra money to do stuff with your kids,” said Coggins.

The M.O.M.E. exchange is held from 4-7p.m on the second Saturday of every month at Milton United Methodist Church.

And, as an added bonus for mothers, organizers show a movie in the sanctuary so moms can more easily shop with their kids in tow.

For more information, go to http://www.miltonumc.org/MOMEClothingExchange.