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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Mom's Response to Helping a Friend in Need



If you’ve spent some time on one of The Mommies Network boards there is no doubt in my mind that you have heard the word “support” numerous times. Well, a few months ago I had the incredible privilege of seeing firsthand just how amazing that support can be when a group of talented and passionate moms banned together for the same cause.

It was just before Christmas when we heard the news that one of our fellow members had suddenly and tragically lost her husband, the father of their two young daughters. Immediately, her closest friends got together to figure out the best way to help. What they came up with will touch and inspire you all…and they managed to pull it together in the matter of about ten days!

I had the chance to talk with “Union County Mommies” member Libby Younts. She came up with the big idea, but is quick to say she couldn’t have done it without a lot of help! When I asked her to describe the event, she said, “Our family fun day was a day filled with love and support for our fellow mommy. It was a fantastic event and something I'm so proud to have been a part of.”

While the event was truly a family fun day, consisting of photographs with Santa Claus, a Music Together demonstration, and a visit from the local Fire Department to entertain the kids, this group of moms expertly organized several fundraising opportunities to help shoulder the financial burden this stay-at-home mom was about to face.

“We started with the Santa pictures and then thought of what we could add to it. We knew we'd have a line waiting for Santa so we wanted a way to make more money - from that came a raffle. Then we had SO many generous donations that we added an auction. We also have SO many gifted bakers in our group that a bake sale was just a given,” Libby told me when I asked how they came up with the different ideas.

Based on the seventy-eight different families that signed up for Santa pictures, Libby estimates there were around 200-250 people in attendance. In order to get the word out to the community she says they designed a flyer and emailed it to everyone they know. They also posted it in every establishment they frequent, including daycares and elementary schools. Then they created a Facebook page to spread the word through social networking.

I am so grateful my family was able to be there that day. The room was filled wall to wall the entire afternoon. The energy of love and support was almost palpable. And I think everyone who attended left in awe.

“My dad has always inspired me to help others and get involved... the fact that two sweet little girls just lost their father sealed the deal for me. I HAD to do something. Not to mention how absolutely helpless we felt for our friend. Had this happened to anyone else she'd have been the first one to jump in and start arranging all of us to help. We had to do something - this could have been any one of us,” Libby explained why she felt so strongly about stepping up to help in a big way.

For anyone who is looking for a way to do something similar for a deserving family in your community, Libby wants to leave you with some advice and encouragement: "Have a committee completely dedicated. Decide what everyone’s strong points are. If someone is great at getting donations have them be in charge of that. You just find what people are best at and they come through with flying colors. If you have a great enough team and everyone pitches in ANYTHING is possible. Without every single person that jumped in to help it wouldn't have been so successful.I can't even tell you how incredible it was to see our community come together. SO many people dropped off bake sale items, auction and raffle items, and offered to donate their time. It was inspiring to be a part of it. Truly one of the best things I've been involved in. It made me SO proud to be a part of UCM. This is such a fantastic group of women that really do care about each other.”


Post submitted by Heather (imarriedrich) from UnionCountyMommies.

2 comments :

  1. This was so wonderful to read - great post! Made me teary and it's amazing to see such an outpouring of love from such a huge group of people. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Special thanks to our community for donating so many wonderful items and then showing up to spend their money! Also to Ray Ferguson Photography, Odd Dog Photography (COMPLETELY donated their time and skill!! Find and follow them on Facebook!) United Faith Methodist Church for donating the location. Hemby Bridge Fire Department, And most of all to my fellow mommys who just as strongly as I did felt the need to jump in and DO something it simply wouldn't have happened without each and every one of you. especially Melissa Powell, Fairlyn Rearden, Barbie Willey, Heather Efird, Lindsay Whitmore, April Hinson, Stephanie Hackler, Kim Silber, Nikki Pitera, Patty Gruber, Maureen Wermter, Bridget Doughtery, Carolyn Lawwill, Jackie Nguyen, Tracy Lankford, Kimberly Scott, and who did I miss? I'm certain I missed a few someones. Well it wasn't on purpose! ;) UCM ROCKS!

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