Pay It Forward
Whether you have one kid or 100, you've probably got your
hands full. Illiopolis mom Brianne Impson has six kids of her own, a mission to
help the community, and the plans to make it happen. A day in the life of this
stay at home mom is kids ---her six and their friends---, clothes, and
Impson runs a recycle store in the basement/play area of her
Illiopolis home. It is guilt-free shopping; free clothes for anyone who needs
“To me-- I'm just like saving people money. I am very
frugal. My husband will tell you I'm cheap, but I'm just frugal,” Impson said.
Her kids are between 14 and 3-years old. They help with the store--folding
“Usually it's just normal. It's like doing my chores but
downstairs,” Brianne’s daughter Olyvia Benton explains.
The same goes for neighborhood kids and their parents. They
come over and go right down to the basement.
“I help sometimes. She gives us clothes like if we need
something. If we like, like blue sweatpants... she'll give us blue sweatpants.
If we need a new hoodie, she'll give us a new hoodie,” Impson’s nearly 13-year
old neighbor Elijah Coakley said.
She makes children happy, clothes the community, and knows
how to stretch a dollar so we give her a $500 check from County Market and the
title of March Pay It Forward winner.
“That's awesome,” Impson said.
To connect with Brianne Impson and the store, give her a
call at 217.899.5397. You can also text her. Since she's in Illiopolis, she
often sets up meetings with people here in Springfield so folks don’t have to
travel so far out of town for the free clothes.