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Why I Give: Nissa Judd, Board Member
05 Nov

Why I Give: Nissa Judd, Board Member

I grew up in Middleton; went from Northside Elementary to Kromrey to graduating from MHS in the early 90’s. Never did I see what I thought was a homeless or near homeless student. So, when I was at a breakfast where the superintendent of MCPASD spoke of the nearly 100 homeless students in our district, I was shocked. Then, my inner Oprah took over and I knew I had to do something. I joined the MOM Board and donate my time and money so that those students in our community don’t have to worry about whether or not they will have the food they need, or clothing to wear, or, ultimately, a roof over their heads.

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Why I Give: Char Lodl, Volunteer
05 Nov

Why I Give: Char Lodl, Volunteer

My husband, Tom, suffered from a brain tumor. While I cared for him, neighbors and friends really helped me out. MOM has those type of friends. Their staff encouraged me to reach out to them if I needed help with the lawn, household, etc. as well as if I needed to use their food bank. I was fortunate enough to be able to make it on my own, but knowing that if it got tough, I had somewhere to turn to make a definite impression on me.

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Why I Give: Darren Fortney, Board Member
05 Nov

Why I Give: Darren Fortney, Board Member

I give because I both REMEMBER and SEE. I REMEMBER having both food shortage and housing instability as a child and the stress that it put on my family and me. Not always having food on the table or available to take to school is something that is not easily forgotten. I also SEE. I see MOM doing the very things in our community that I needed as a child. I am not sure who else could pick up the slack.

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Why I Give: Janet Bybee, Volunteer
16 Oct

Why I Give: Janet Bybee, Volunteer

I have been fortunate to have volunteered for Middleton Outreach Ministry for the past 12 years. Throughout this time, I have seen the dedicated staff members work diligently to assist clients in times of stress. Providing for the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - is their primary concern. And I know from the stories, the smiles, and the "thank yous” from clients that they are achieving these goals.

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Why We Give: Smith Family
16 Nov

Why We Give: Smith Family

Our favorite time of the day is usually dinnertime, when we can talk about our days, what happened at school, and enjoy each others company. Families that do not have healthy food lose out on the opportunity to spend this valuable time together. MOM helps keep families together by providing food for every family that needs it. We support MOM so that every family can have a healthy family dinner together.

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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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