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Why I Give: Jonathan, age 7
05 Nov

Why I Give: Jonathan, age 7

I give to MOM because food is really important. Instead of gifts for my birthday, I asked for frosting and cake mix to give to MOM—because I like my birthday to be a giving day. I really like thinking about other kids having happy birthdays because I shared. And it’s fun to drop it off at the pantry!

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Why I Give: George Mavroulis, MOM Board Member
31 Oct

Why I Give: George Mavroulis, MOM Board Member

I have seen the positive impact that MOM has had on children and families for the past 27 years as an administrator in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. MOM's services provide the basic needs that many families do not have on their own. It is an honor to support and serve MOM and its mission to prevent homelessness and end hunger.

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Why I Give: Tricia Nolan, MOM Board Member
31 Oct

Why I Give: Tricia Nolan, MOM Board Member

The news, the politics, the divisiveness, the vitriol… sometimes it all seems pretty overwhelming. I fervently believe one thing everyone can agree on is that no child in our community should be hungry. I give to not only end hunger in our community, but I give to find common ground with neighbors and strangers alike.

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Why I Give: Omar Rodriguez, MOM Board Member
31 Oct

Why I Give: Omar Rodriguez, MOM Board Member

As a first generation Mexican immigrant, raised by a single parent mother, I recall her often working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Although the love within our household was abundant, resources were often scarce. As a member of the MOM Board of Directors and Middleton Community, my family and I give to MOM in hopes of providing families with hope, joy and opportunity to break bread together, to create long-lasting memories. Through these acts, our children are also reminded of our humble beginnings, while experiencing the gift of giving and gratefulness for all of our blessings.

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Why We Give: Terry and Bob Smith, MOM Volunteers
31 Oct

Why We Give: Terry and Bob Smith, MOM Volunteers

We give because Bob and I both grew up in loving houses where finances were tight. Our families were usually able to make ends meet, but just barely. We were so lucky they did. MOM is one of our favorite places to give, because they are so exceptionally good at connecting members of our community—those that have something to give (some time, financial support, a caring smile) with those that are in need.

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Why I Give: Susannah Gustafson, MOM Board Member
31 Oct

Why I Give: Susannah Gustafson, MOM Board Member

As a mom to three kids, I love to make meals that my kids want to eat. I can’t imagine what it would feel like as a parent to not be able to give your kids the healthy, tasty food they want and need. I give so that every parent in our community can provide food for their family, regardless of their circumstances.

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Why I Give: Starr Grass Band
30 Oct

Why I Give: Starr Grass Band

Siblings Lucas, Lucy and Laura are local musicians who use their talents to support MOM and make a difference for other kids in their community. They play music at the Westside Community Farmer’s Market, setting out a hat to collect donations as people pass by. Then they contribute what they raise to MOM. Here's why they do it.

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Why I Give: Ruth Smith, MOM Volunteer
30 Oct

Why I Give: Ruth Smith, MOM Volunteer

I have volunteered with MOM for the past eight years. Some of the people I help have chronic health issues or other persistent problems, but often I meet people who are working two jobs to make ends meet or who recently got laid off. MOM is here for all of them, and would be here for me if I needed that help.

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You can prevent kids from experiencing the trauma of homelessness.
30 Oct

You can prevent kids from experiencing the trauma of homelessness.

Josh, a fifth grader, has a knack for making friends. At school, you can always find him surrounded by other kids. Recently, Josh's mom lost her job because she missed a lot of days of work to take care of Josh’s sick brother, making it impossible to pay rent. This led to an eviction notice. With nowhere else to go, Josh’s family will soon be homeless. Research says the disruption and trauma of homelessness can impact Josh’s emotional health long term. He will be much more likely to develop anxiety as well as to become withdrawn and depressed.

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You can make sure teens have the food they need to be healthy.
30 Oct

You can make sure teens have the food they need to be healthy.

Sofia has always loved to run. Even as a kindergartener, she could outrun any kid on the school playground in a game of tag. Now, as a junior in high school, she runs on the varsity track team. But recently Sofia’s dad got sick and can’t work very much. Now, Sofia often doesn’t have enough to eat. Research says Sofia is more likely to get sick with everything from stomach aches to asthma. She will have less energy for running—and even lose strength and physical ability.

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