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“Mamapreneurs” pay it forward

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A new local business is holding a unique consignment sale in October that will allow local moms to save up to 90 percent on gently used baby and children’s items, make some money of their own while cleaning out their children’s closets and help a local charity fill needs in the community.

Sharly Borer of Highland Village, and her sister, Michelle Sedgwick, owners of Kid’s Closet Connection, are holding their very first consignment sale Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 and all the unsold, unclaimed clothing will go to the Love Thy Neighbor non-profit that manages the Clothing Assistance Program for the Salvation Army in Lewisville.

The all-volunteer Love Thy Neighbor charity actually got its start as a soup kitchen in the spring of 2010.

“Several of us had the idea that we wanted to establish a place to feed our neighbors who struggle with hunger,” said Lynn Hagey, president of and volunteer coordinator for Love Thy Neighbor.

“In the spring of 2010, I contacted Shelagh Skipsey, the director of the Lewisville Salvation Army, and she told me a gentleman had been to see her just a couple of weeks prior to my call about building a kitchen to help feed those in need. It was just amazing how that timing happened.”

The Love Thy Neighbor volunteers served their first meals to 21 people in November 2010. At the end of July 2013, more than 85,000 meals have been served at the Salvation Army, 207 Elm St. in Lewisville.

“We cook for 150 to 200 people daily and we consult with a nutritionist to make sure our meals are well-balanced and healthy,” said Hagey. “We also make ‘to go’ bags for those who are homeless or unable to cook because they’re living in cars or tents.”

The food supplies are all donated by churches, scouts, stores or individuals. The fresh produce is also donated from area community gardens.

“We have over 300 volunteers, including our cooks, who are involved doing things like data input, clean-up and drivers for donated food pick up,” said Hagey.

Love Thy Neighbor volunteers now also manage the Clothing Assistant Program (CAP). Since opening this April, more than 6,000 pieces of clothing have been given to pre-qualified clients.

The CAP Room is located in the newly renovated Lewisville Salvation Army house at 206 W. Main St., Lewisville.

“Appointments are made for Tuesdays and Thursdays at 30-minute intervals, which allow us to serve 12 families per day,” said Volunteer CAP Coordinator Mary Ann Saxton. “Our biggest need currently is children’s clothing and shoes, both boys and girls.”

Enter the owners of Kid’s Closet Connection-Northwest Dallas, Borer and Sedgwick. Their first fall sales event will be held at the Royal Affairs Ballroom, 140 E. Main St., in Old Town Lewisville.

“Our sales are bursting at the seams with top quality, gently used children’s items,” said Borer. “We connect the best consignors with the savviest shoppers who want to save up to 90-percent-off retail. Admission is free and kids are welcome.”

The public sales are on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When Sedgwick and Borer found the Kid’s Closet Connection nationwide consignment business, they saw a Northwest Dallas franchise would be the perfect opportunity to provide moms like them a way not only to clean out their kid’s closets, but to fill them as well.

Coming from a large family of five girls (and one boy), the sisters love to shop, even more so when they can find a great deal on name brand items.  Borer and Sedgwick each have two young boys of their own (Borer has another boy on the way) and have found that finding great little boy fashions is not an easy task.

The goal of the Kid’s Closet Connection sale is to make “mama-preneurs” out of every mom they meet.

Those interested in helping out at the consignment sale are encouraged to sign up and pitch in.

“We have wonderful volunteers to help with the event, but we really need more,” said Borer. “There are special perks for our helpers that are listed on our website: www.kidscloset.biz and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kidsclosetconnectionnorthwestdallas or just search: Kid’s Closet Connection-Northwest Dallas.”

Volunteers will also be needed to help with the donated clothing for the Love Your Neighbor CAP. Interested people should either visit the website, e-mail nwdallas.tx@kidscloset.biz, or call 817-756-1676.

New underwear and clothing donations can be brought to the Salvation Army Lewisville Center at 207 Elm Street, Lewisville, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tax receipts will be provided.

For further information or for volunteer opportunities with CAP contact: Mary Ann Saxton at maryann@ltnlovethyneighbor.org, or call 214-536-8253.

For more information or volunteer opportunities with Love Thy Neighbor, contact Lynn Hagey at 972-849-6971.

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