Long Branch, NJ – Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit social service agency, will hold a special “Children’s Boutique” Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th at its Thrift Boutique at 307 Branchport Avenue in Long Branch. The two-day event, which will feature new and pre-loved clothing, shoes and outwear for infants, children and young teens, is the inspiration of a group of local high school students who call themselves the “Rockin’ Angels.”

 “Everyone needs help at some point in their lives,” explains 16-year-old Montana Pflaster of Monmouth Beach, “My girlfriends and I started Rockin’ Angels because we are blessed and wanted to share some of our good fortune with children and teens in our community.”

Photo caption: The Rockin' Angels, (l-r) Madison Pflaster, Montana Pflaster and Christina Kalinowski with the flyers they made to promote their clothing drive to benefit Family & Children's Service.

Montana and the other ‘Angels’, 16-year-old Christina Kalinowski of Monmouth Beach and 15-year-old Madison Pflaster of Ocean Township, decided to organize a clothing drive at Ranney School in Tinton Falls; the school that all three attend. The girls designed flyers, set up collection boxes, spoke to student and parent groups about their effort and even reached out to family, friends and neighbors. They wanted to be sure however, that the clothing they collected was resold and not shredded or shipped overseas, so they reached out to FCS.

“Our Thrift Boutique does not usually carry children’s clothing,” says FCS Volunteer manager Samantha White. “But when Montana approached us with her idea, we were so impressed by her enthusiasm and energy for the project, we decided to stage a special two-day event. We couldn’t provide this benefit to the community if it were not for Montana and her Rockin’ Angels.”

The Children’s Boutique will feature a variety of items for children and young adults, including girl’s dresses, boys and young men’s suits, blazers and ties, uniform attire, play clothes, outerwear, shoes and some accessories.  All proceeds from the sale will go directly to fund FCS’s dozen programs and services, including child literacy, homelessness prevention and home care.

The Thrift Boutique, which regularly stocks men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, linens and small furniture items, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.  Donations of new and gently used items can be brought to the store during regular business hours. A complete list of items the store accepts and does not accept can be found on the agency’s website at www.fcsmonmouth,.org or on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thethriftboutique. For more information about the Children’s Boutique, contact Samantha White, FCS Manager of Volunteer Services at (732) 222-9111 extension 152.