Wow, what a finish to 2014! We finished our 4th and most successful holiday gift drive delivering over 1000 gifts to New Moms, Inc. and The Night Ministry Open Door Shelter. Both organizations serve pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers working towards a better future for their families. New Moms, Inc. received toys, books, games and winter gear while the Open Door Shelter received makeup bags filled with over 20 beauties goodies, bath caddies filled with bath and body essentials, pajamas for the little ones, and toy packages. We could not be more thrilled and thankful for the participation of families all over Chicago and our amazing drive partners: Bubbles Academy, The Bump Club and Beyond, The Dailey Method Chicago, and Monica + Andy.
We kicked off the giving season at Bubbles Academy with an afternoon of crafting for a cause, energizing Open Play, and introducing the holiday gift drive and benefiting organizations. Moms and tots created turkey decorations for the Open Door shelter and cards and ornaments for the elders at the Imperial Grove Senior Home. You should have seen the reaction of the elders when they received their gifts! Following the Kick Off to Holiday Giving we hosted two Singing with Senior projects and spent the next month collecting gifts! We closed out the year with a morning of organizing and wrapping the donations into beautiful holiday gifts! Some kids helped with the wrapping but most little ones played UrbanSitters in the playroom. UrbanSitter has been an amazing partner allowing moms to truly make a difference while kids are in trusted hands having fun!
We are thankful for all the moms and families who supported and participated with More Than Milk in 2014. And we are excited to be making a positive difference in Chicago! Below is a letter received from New Moms Inc. in response to our holiday gift drive donations:
Hope you had a great holiday! I just wanted to say thanks for all the help of More than Milk in making our New Moms’ Christmas celebration such a success! Your generosity was key to us being able to provide a fun day filled with holiday cheer and gifts for all the kids and adolescent parents at New Moms. Thank you for organizing, delivering, and supporting our work in this important way and designating us as a partner with the Bump Club event this month!
Attached are a few photos from the celebration – the ‘store’ was overflowing and was refilled several times! We really were overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and donated items to share with our participants.
Laura Zumdahl, Ph.D.
President & CEO