PALESTINE — Single moms can have it tough — raising their children while working and finding ways to make ends meet financially.
In order to help single moms in the Palestine area, New Life Community Church is hosting a clothing giveaway just for them from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Single moms do not have to sign up — just show up at the church, located at 2320 Texas 155 North (in the old skating rink location) and pick out what they need for themselves and their children.
“The clothing giveaway is an outgrowth of a ministry to single moms called Real Life Assistance for Single Moms,” New Life Community Church's pastor, the Rev. Doug Washburn said. “A couple of years ago we looked at the make up of our church and realized that many of those in attendance were single moms. So we began to brain storm ways that we could help.
“One man said 'I can work on cars.' So now we repair cars for those moms. Someone else said 'I've got a trailer, I can help people move.' Another man said 'I can work on air conditioners.'” the pastor said. “Folks just started offering to help by doing what they were good at. So right now there are eight or nine different ministries that meet the needs of our single moms.”
One of the church's young couples had heard of a clothing exchange, Washburn said, so the church asked its congregation to donate clothing for moms and children.
“We were overwhelmed with the amount of clothes that were donated. Each mom who came left with two or three bags of clothes. And we had so many clothes left over that we decided to do another one,” Washburn said. “This is the second clothing give away that New Life Community Church has done.”