Giving Back

 

Written by Bethany Schwarz in the November 2017 Issue

November is upon us! While we busy ourselves with holiday preparations and shopping lists, there are some in our community who could use something different this season – your time, energy and donations. Check out these awesome opportunities for your family to give back to our community and focus on what matters most this season!

 

Fostering Sweet Dreams 

Fostering Sweet Dreams is a non-profit that provides tangible needs such as cribs, child beds, car seats, high chairs and strollers to Kinship foster care placements along with unexpected traditional foster care placements. Get the kids involved by sharing the process with them and help them understand exactly what foster families do in our community.

fosteringsweetdreams.com

 

Arise Ministries 

Imagine this season as a single mom. This six-week stretch is grueling for most of us, but utterly exhausting for single moms. Arise Ministries focuses on the emotional and spiritual well-being of single mothers and supports them in this monumental effort. You can show your support monetarily and look into their website for more opportunities to serve single mothers in Edmond.

ariseministries.net

 

Project 66

This non-profit’s mission is to serve the undernourished in our community and provide each family enough basic food to last two weeks; combined with the hope and belief that they will feel loved well beyond that time. Project 66 is looking for Monday and Thursday evening and day shift volunteers as well as retail recovery volunteers four days a week to transport food donations from local grocers.

project66.org

 

U R Special 

This amazing organization focuses on fulfilling clothing needs for low income and at risk children (ages 3-9) within our community. November, in particular, is time for winter wear and warm clothing distribution. Volunteer to help with this month’s distribution, or take the whole crew out shopping for specific items requested such as dress-making supplies, fabric, new clothes and new shoes.

urspecialedmond.org

 

Hope Center

Their mission is to meet the basic needs of the people in our community who are having personal emergencies or crises. As a family:

  • Come to the food pantry and clothing room to assist with sorting and organizing.
  • Donate canned goods, non-perishable food items, household items, diapers/wipes, personal hygiene items, and clothing.
  • Sponsor another Edmond area family to make this holiday one everyone can remember.

hopecenterofedmond.com

 

Edmond Mobile Meals

Oh what joy your family could bring someone when you walk in the door with hot food and smiling faces. Volunteering to provide hot and nourishing meals to members of our community who would otherwise go without is a perfect opportunity to serve others this fall. Edmond Mobile Meals could use gift cards to grocery stores, monetary donations, and meal delivery volunteers this season. Families are welcome and encouraged to deliver meals together. What an opportunity!! 

edmondmobilemeals.org

 

Bethany Schwarz is the mother of 3 active children (6, 5, and 18m). She is in pursuit of building community while getting to know her neighbors through story and shared experience

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