Minot Clothing Store Offers Gifts For Children To Give To Their Mothers | North Dakota News

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By JILL SCHRAMM, Minot Daily News

MINOT, ND (AP) – Dozens of mothers can look forward to being blessed this Christmas thanks to “Something for Mom,” a new branch of Dakota Chappy’s blessings program in Minot.

Chappy Windsor, owner of the women’s clothing store, said bags containing an item of clothing and the packaging materials for giving it away are being given to children and others who might not otherwise be able to give mom a gift under their trees.

“Something for Mom” ​​is an expansion of the Dakota Chappy Blessing Program in which customers can exchange lightly worn clothing previously purchased in the store for discounts on purchases. Dakota Chappy will then donate the clothes to other people who can use a blessing.

“This is the first time that we have offered new merchandise. Everyone will get something brand new, but it’s very likely that some people will get a good bag of a mix, ”Windsor said. There may even be an accessory, like earrings, or maybe even a gift card in a bag.

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Windsor said it was unclear how many people the new program would serve, but was ready to donate dozens of gift kits, the Minot Daily News reported.

Windsor said she also hopes to have volunteers who can deliver to those who register but don’t have transportation to pick up their bags. Pre-registration is helpful as bags can be prepared with the correct clothing sizes, although Windsor has said it will have pre-prepared bags of various clothing sizes ready for distribution to those who enter on Thursday.

The inspiration for the program was the late grandmother of Windsor, who grew up in rural North Dakota and raised her children with little money for everyone.

“They really didn’t have much at all,” Windsor said. “So my grandmother went around the house and picked up things, then reused them and wrapped them as new gifts. Then when all the presents have been opened, nothing for her.

The program targeting mothers is actually designed to ensure that no woman goes without a gift under the tree, Windsor said. People are invited to take a gift for a grandmother or another woman in their life who should not go unnoticed, or women can pick up gifts for themselves on behalf of children who are not able to ‘accomplish this task.

The blessing is not just for moms but for children.

“It’s one thing to have a gift. But it’s another thing to be able to give one, and I think often underprivileged children don’t understand that. They are never in a position to give. They can’t get enough of theirs, ”Windsor said.

The importance of being able to give was impressed in Windsor a few years ago after taking underprivileged children to buy Christmas presents. Handed over a silver envelope with a Christmas list, a little girl found herself with some leftover change. Dropping the remaining dollars into a Salvation Army kettle, the young girl said she never had enough to give to someone else in her life.

“The joy and pride she had in putting that money in there has stayed with me forever,” Windsor said. “I saw through her lens what it looked like, and I just want to give people and children the opportunity to feel the abundance that comes from giving. This is why we do not do pre-packaged gifts.

By giving recipients the ability to wrap a gift and write on a note card, they can experience that sense of giving, she explained.

Although the project is sponsored by Dakota Chappy, “Something for Mom,” it is made possible by the support of the store’s customers throughout the year, making those customers a part of the blessing, Windsor said.

“Our mission here is to change lives and serve women, so we view this as a retail store that is also an organization of like-minded people,” she said. “What we do is really on behalf of the clients because I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them. “

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