Can You Help….make a difference for families in our community?
For many people, the holiday season is a time of food: turkey, homemade rolls and decorated cookies. But for some families right here in our community, the holiday season could be a time of hunger.
That’s why we’re asking for your help. Join MOM and people across the country this year on November 27 and 28 to celebrate Giving Tuesday, a national social media-driven event to raise money for good causes.
Last year, our goal was to raise $10,000. Thanks to you, we exceeded it. This year, we’ve set a goal of $20,000. We need your help to reach it!
- Read stories of children who need your help and people in the community just like you who are making a difference.
- Follow us on Facebook and share our posts and stories with your friends and family.
- Make a gift on Giving Tuesday and encourage others to make a gift also. With challenge grants available to double your gift, you can have an even greater impact. Together, we can prevent homelessness and end hunger in our community.
Sam is always curious. In class and at home, he constantly asks questions, eager to understand everything around him. He especially loves science and says he wants to build rockets at NASA. Lately though, Sam is irritable with his friends and acts out in class regularly.
Maria loves soccer. She was the fastest runner on her team. But lately, when she comes home from school, there hasn’t been much to eat for dinner. When her friends ask her if she wants to kick the ball around at the park, she usually says no. She just doesn’t have the energy anymore.
Madelyn may only be three years old, but she already knows that she wants to take care of animals when she grows up. She is friends with all of the dogs in the neighborhood. Recently Madelyn’s family faced a major expense they weren’t prepared for. Now they can’t afford healthy food and Madelyn’s parents are worried about the electricity getting turned off. Usually bubbly and fun, Madelyn has become quiet and withdrawn.
At nine months old, Ava’s family already has big dreams for her. Her sister says she’s destined to be a drummer in a famous band. Her brother says she’s going to be an Olympic runner for sure. Her mom says Ava will definitely be a brain surgeon. But a few months ago, the family ran into some unexpected bumps. Now, Ava doesn’t have enough to eat.
I have heard firsthand from those we serve how grateful they are for the compassion and services that MOM offers during some difficult times. I have seen people's lives improve to the point they no longer need us—and that is the best outcome of all! MOM offers the community a place to give back and feel connected to their neighbors.
As a psychologist I know that if you don’t have your basic needs met, nothing else matters. Hunger trumps every activity. Without food, clothing and shelter, there is no possibility of learning, working or even existing—much less growing and thriving. I think about this when deciding where to apply my time and energy.
As a person that has dedicated my career to educating children, I have seen first-hand how poverty and hunger affect daily the ability of children to learn. MOM's efforts to address hunger make a difference. When children have enough to eat, they are able to focus on their fundamental need to learn.
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