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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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Why I Give:  Larry Barton
08 Nov

Why I Give: Larry Barton

My company, Strang Architects, Engineers and Interior Designers, is proud to be associated with such a great organization. We know all of our donations are put to good use serving those who need our help in this community.

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Why I Give:  Jan Fulwiler
08 Nov

Why I Give: Jan Fulwiler

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.

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Why I Give:  Luke Francois
08 Nov

Why I Give: Luke Francois

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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Why I Give:  Laura Bloomenkranz
08 Nov

Why I Give: Laura Bloomenkranz

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.

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Why I Give:  Harold Zimmick, Pastor
08 Nov

Why I Give: Harold Zimmick, Pastor

I support MOM because I see how they make a difference—both in the lives of people are served and also in the volunteers who serve.

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Why I Give:  Brian Hornung
08 Nov

Why I Give: Brian Hornung

In our family, we are big believers in the saying “a rising tide raises all boats.” We have seen personally how the work MOM does helps families—especially children. We know that the basis of success is having food and clothing.

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Why I Give:  Tricia Nolan
08 Nov

Why I Give: Tricia Nolan

The first time I volunteered at MOM, I saw my son’s classmates going through the food pantry. Until that point, I had no idea my community had issues with hunger, assuming it was an “other people” problem.

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