Beginnings of the Clothing Give-away

Published: June 1, 2017Updated: October 30, 2017


A few years ago Mona Bass volunteered at the Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center by giving diapers and other baby items to mothers in need. Soon she realized mothers need clothing for themselves. 

Mona knew that friends of hers, Wanda Lou and Jerry Clayton, collected clothing donated by their church and rented a storage place to sort and store the clothing but needed a place to give the clothing away.  

Mona got acquainted with our own Ana Roa who said she might be able to make arrangements for our church to be the place to use for handing out the clothing.  Ana talked to our own Lyn Moreau and Lyn took it to our Church Board members who voted to let the clothing give-away be held in our Better Living Center the fourth Friday of each month. 

This is about the 4th year this has been taking place.  The Better Living Center is filled with tables of gently used clothing, sorted according to size for women, men, and children.  Donations come from community churches and many people in Lincoln.  The clothing is now stored and sorted in a garage owned by the St. James church on 5th Street. 

Mona has a loving passion to help people.  She also helps with community gardens and now has 35 gardeners at the St. James Episcopal Church garden.  In addition to this, she has 11 garden boxes at the Carlin C. Coppin Elementary (K-5).  The children work the gardens and the food is used in their school cafeteria. 

She works with the Girl Scouts and 20 year old women in Mercy Ministries.  She even holds Nutrition Workshops to teach these young people how to cook and prepare the food they grow.  Mona also volunteers at area food distribution places.  From her personal garden last year she gave 600 pounds of produce to the SDA Spanish church for their food distribution.

Because of her kind and generous Christian spirit, Mona has many people who enjoy volunteering with her.  God bless Mona and her faithful crew! 

    P.S.  Donations are always accepted and a tax receipt is available on request.  Bring your gently used, clean clothing items to the Better Living Center on Wednesday mornings between 10-11:30 a.m. (during crochet class).