Local woman puts together clothing swap to help out military families

FORT CARSON, Colo. —  The start of school is just around the corner, and it’s a stressful time for many people trying to keep up with the cost.

That can be especially true for military families in our city, but one local woman is hoping to help change that with the Fort Carson clothing swap.

“It’s a way of helping everybody financially, and I know it helps us,” founder Michelle Lewis said. “Clothes are costly. It’s probably one of the most expensive things, minus food, and this is a way of helping. They can get rid of stuff they don’t need anymore and it goes to somebody else who does need it.”

Every month for about a year and a half, Lewis has opened this area for anyone to come get what they need, and if they can, offer up something for someone else.

“It’s basically you come and take what you need. It’s totally free,” Lewis said.

It’s a huge relief for families trying to get by.

“You go to local thrift stores and I think even those used items are totally overpriced,” Fort Carson resident and clothing swap volunteer Maria Ross said. “I have four kids and I know how it is sometimes, especially when school starts or summertime and you have to change from summer clothes to winter clothes. I’m happy that I can come in and get a new outfit for the kids now and then.”

But many of these people don’t just come to get what they need. They come to give.

“Growing up the way I did, not having a whole lot and knowing what it’s like to need something, it’s a pretty good feeling just being able to give back in a way that people kind of helped me and my family as we grew up,” volunteer Travis Greenwold said.

Lewis said the swap gets bigger and better every month, and that no matter where she’s sent next, she’ll continue the tradition for military families across the country.

If you’d like more information, you can check out the group’s Facebook page by clicking here. 

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