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.
2013 marks the 3rd year of this project. This year, Jill currently has 235 people on a waiting list for the Thanksgiving Project, and the applications for help closes on Friday.
I gave to Scary Mommy Nation along with fellow co-authors of The Mother of All Meltdowns. Together we hope to help several families in need this holiday season. If you’d like to join us, you can donate through the MOAM website or directly on the Scary Mommy website.
If you can’t afford to donate at this time, I hope you will take a moment to share this post.
If you need help, you can apply at Scary Mommy’s website up until November 15th.