The Mommies Network experienced tremendous growth in 2008 and most of the Board also experienced substantial personal challenges.
For TMN, October, November and December were about regrouping. We lost our long-term technical adviser so our newest board member, Kristin Amundsen, has spent a lot of time learning her way around the server and making plans for improvements. For the first time ever we did not open any sites, and we currently have a list of over 90 moms and dads interested in applying for a TMN/TDN site for 2009.
We have not been able to open new communities because our server is overloaded. So we decided to hold an Insider Pages fundraiser in January to raise some funds. WOW! Moms + Opinons = Fast Money! Thanks to all who participated in this hugely successful fundraiser where we raised over $11,000 in just three days. Kristin is now server shopping!
We also did an overhaul of the community rules, to better reflect how our sites are connected to each other. If you have not already done so, please click on Rules (top of page) and review these. Thank you.
To help us communicate with all of you we've started a blog. Please subscribe to it so you'll be notified of updates. http://themommiesnetwork.blogspot.com/
From a personal standpoint, all five of us have faced major challenges in the past year. Two of us have separated/divorced from our spouses, two of us have made major moves due to lay-offs and new jobs, and one of us was recently laid off. We're sure many of you have had difficult years as well. We hope your local TMN communities have been and will continue to be a good source of support.
As a non-profit, we require our established communities to have two charitable drives/events per year. Here are some of the things our communities did in October, November and December:
- NWAtlantaMommies (GA) did a Thanksgiving canned food drive for Must Ministries and a Toys 4 Tots drive, collecting unwrapped for kids to have presents over the holidays.
TriangleMommies (NC) did a Toys for Tots collection in December and a food drive in October, collecting 680 lbs. of food.
RochesterMommies (NY) had a "Virtual Angel Tree," anonymously helping a single mom and seven of her children through donations from local businesses, gifts from members and grocery gift cards (thru funds from a raffle that also benefited Alternatives for Battered Women).
SEGeorgiaMommies (GA) organized Lunch for Santa to benefit a local women's and children's shelter, where SEGM members as well as members of the community brought toys to donate to the Camden House and received free photo's with Santa.
BeckleyMommies (WV) collected over a thousand stuffed animals (from members and the local community) for Just For Kids, an organization that provides stuffed animals to children attending therapy in criminal child abuse cases.
LincolnCountyMommies (NE) "quacked it up" (charged a fee to decorate yards with ducks) in October and raised $380 for The Lincoln County Boys and Girls Club. They also supplied two food baskets for the Salvation Army to provide Thanksgiving Dinners for two Families and adopted a family of 10 for Christmas, providing Christmas dinner, requested gifts for eight children and stocking stuffers.
TriadMommies (NC) participated in the Give-a-Kid-a-Coat drive in October, donating 118 coats as well as $500 raised at a birthday party raffle. They also finished and delivered 54 blankets for Project Linus (paid for with funds raised during the 3rd quater). They will go to local children who are hospitalized for extended periods so that they have something comforting while in the hospital.
TooeleMommies (UT) collected food for the Utah Food Bank, donating well over 20 bags of food.
SCValleyMommies (CA) partnered with the local Sheriff's Toy Drive and donated toys to local residents and the Domestic Violence Shelter, and got Christmas Trees donated from Home Depot for the Domestic Violence Shelter as well as their our own needy moms.
LakeNormanMommies (NC) held their annual Trunk or Treat and collected food and other kitchen supplies for a local soup kitchen.
PhoenixMommies (AZ) raised over $1000 for the American Cancer Society walk in November, and collected three large boxes of donations for Crisis Nursery (child abuse prevention organization and shelter).
CrystalCoastMommies (NC) participated in a DSS foster Santa program - 25 members donated a total of 30 gifts to support the local foster care program.
SEAtlantaMommies (GA) adopted two "Christmas Angels" (children) and members donated clothes and toys. They also did a canned food drive for the Rockdale Emergency Relief.
WilmingtonMommies (NC) decorated cards for soldiers overseas through the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heros program, held a food drive, and made cards and crafts for nursing home residents - delivering the items with plenty of holiday cheer while the children sang songs and visited with residents.
SLOCountyMommies (CA) donated 100 coats to the Coats for Kids Program as well as other items to the Women's Shelter.
GwinnettAreaMommies (GA) sponsored the Gwinnett Pregnancy Resource Center (GPRC), giving each woman a cookbook of member recipes, as well as collecting special care items like lotion, nail products, and stationary. They delivered 70 packages to the center a few weeks before Christmas to give to the women as Christmas gifts.
PeninsulaMommies (VA) held a "Put Your Best Face Forward" drive to collect new makeup and toiletry items for a local women's shelter, and collected over 300 items in a food drive.
FredericksburgMommies (VA) held a food drive benefiting the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, collecting 1010 lbs of food and $78 cash. They also had their children make and decorate holiday cards to send to the service men and women through the Red Cross program.
CharlestonMommies (SC) collected items for the Carolina Youth Development Center, and baked approximately 16 dozen cookies for the children in the emergency shelters that the CYDC operate.
JohnstonMommies (NC) held a food drive, collecting 141 lbs of food.
DanRiverMommies (NC) collected items from members and local businesses and shipped out 20 boxes of goodies to Iraq as care packages for the platoon of a members' husband. They also received donations to help with the shipping costs.
CamdenMommies (SC) donated 10 books to Tyler's Tree a non-profit organization that collects new books to give to children that are hospitalized on Christmas Eve.
JacksonvilleMommies (FL) participated in the Susan G. Komen North Florida Race for the Cure, filled and sent Christmas stockings to the 19 men and 6 women sailors that work with a members' husband (who responded with photos and a thank you: "...your kindness definitely brought morale up and brought us closer as a division..."), and held a canned food drive.
SWPiedmontMommies (NC) had a toy drive for the pediatric wing of their community hospital, collecting over a hundred toys.
CentralPiedmontMommies (NC) adopted the Church of God Children's Home (an orphanage) in Concord, NC again, providing three gifts from each of the children's wish lists, an over-stuffed stocking, and a pizza party with Santa. Each child also received a disposable camera to use during the party (they provided a $150 gift card to pay for the film developing). The $450 in expenses were paid for via a Krispy Kreme fundraiser and member donations. They also provided Thanksgiving dinner to a local family and held a canned food drive, collected 41 cans of food and 27 boxed/bagged items for donation to the local food bank.
CharlotteMommies (NC) held a MNO Karaoke Night and raised $198 for Grin Kids, an organization that sends families with special needs children to Disney World. They also collected food for the local pantry and raised $316 by selling "blinged out" CM magnets via an online auction game, donating the funds to A Child's Place, a organization that helps local homeless children.
HighCountryMommies (NC) hosted a holiday drive for seven children who did not qualify for Christmas assistance due to their parent's legal status, providing toys, clothing, school/craft supplies and more as well as multiple gift cards to each family.
ChesapeakeMommies (MD) held "thankful playdates," collecting food for a local pantry.
KnoxvilleMommies (TN) provided toys from the wish lists of 4 local Angel Tree children this year- 2 girls and 2 boys.
SaltLakeCityMommies (UT) held a paper products charity drive for our local Children's Justice Center and a quilt tying charity event where they made six quilts to donate to Karing 4 Utah Kids.
CentralFoothillsMommies (NC) participated in Race for the Cure, raising $515. They also held a canned food drive and collected 85 lbs of food for a local food pantry.
RichmondMommies (VA) adopted a family for Christmas, collecting donations of gifts, food and gift cards at their Holiday Cookie Exchange.
Thank you all for helping us achieve our mission in such a fabulous way.
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