Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project – Can you help?
Last year I learned about the Thanksgiving Project that Scary Mommy has hosted for the last three years. I was immediately drawn to this project. For a couple of reasons.
1. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I LOVE Thanksgiving. Good food, relaxing (mostly) with the family. Football games and enjoyment. I hate the thought of families that cannot enjoy this the way we do.
2. It reminded me of the family service project we did when I was growing up. When we lived in Texas through my elementary school years, we adopted families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Back then, you actually got the name and contact information. We prepared the food and delivered it to them. There was something immensely fulfilling to see them in person, to see the appreciation, gratitude, and love for the strangers that had done this for them. And it made me appreciate our blessings so much more.
In 2011, Jill Smokler, (more commonly know as Scary Mommy) wrote this blog post about the rough financial time some people in her community were having. Thanksgiving was not an option. A loaf of bread was even difficult for some. Out of this blog post, the Thanksgiving Project was born.
Jill simply asked her community for help. Would they be willing to donate some money, even a small amount, to make sure everyone would be able to celebrate Thanksgiving?
They responded with a big Yes and soon Jill was overwhelmed with people who wanted to donate.The Scary Mommy community raised more than $20,000 that year, and provided meals for over 400 families! (An average Thanksgiving dinner costs about $50.)
In response to the success Scary Mommy Nation quickly became a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization powered by mothers helping other mothers.
And this year marks four years of giving back.
Can you help?
To find out more about helping OR if you NEED help and would like to apply, visit the 2014 Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project.