CoMo Cares Hopes Bigger Facility Means a Bigger Impact

2 years 8 months 1 week ago November 17, 2013 Nov 17, 2013 Sunday, November 17 2013 Sunday, November 17, 2013 3:08:00 PM CST in News
By: Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - CoMo Cares is making a big move in hopes of making a big impact on the community.

CoMo Cares moved into a more expansive facility Sunday after a little more than a year of being in business. The nonprofit provides a multitude of resources for families with children 5 years old and younger, including clothes, books, toys, diapers and a plethora of other items.

"We provide children with those things they do need at prices that are very low that are affordable," CoMo Cares' President Randi Webster said. "But if they're not able to afford them, then we have vouchers that we give them and they are able to come in and shop for the things that they need for free."

Webster said CoMo Cares would not be as successful without the community's help.

"We have had a lot of community support. We've had people donating their clothes and their children's items, not only that, but also money donations as well. We've had businesses donate paint and carpet and volunteers come help us."

Though the organization moved in Sunday, CoMo Cares' new shop will not be open for business until Dec. 4. A few days later on Dec. 7, the nonprofit will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and a visit from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

CoMo Cares hopes to continue its mission of serving families with young children by continuing its diaper bank and, hopefully, starting up a new program.

"We would like to start a rent-a-pump program for mothers who are not able to purchase a $250 breast pump," Webster said.

To continue to serve the community as best it can, CoMo Cares said it is in need of children's-size hangers for both pants and tops as well as size four and five diapers. The public can drop off any unwanted, gently-used children's items at CoMo Cares' new home at 1301 Vandiver Drive, Suite K in Columbia.

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