If you’re ever feeling down on the world, just ask any of the members of Moms and Neighbors for a pick-me-up story.
The group helps struggling families and teens in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District by providing unexpected gifts, and they’ve got some pretty heartwarming tales to share.
“There’s nothing better than hearing from the counselors how we’ve impacted someone’s life,” said Sara Haugland, a member of the group.
Families or teens facing hardships are referred to Moms and Neighbors by school counselors, social workers and church advocates in the district. Moms and Neighbors provides basic assistance such as groceries, clothes, gas or payment of an overdue bill. While the gifts are given anonymously, Haugland said the stories they get back are uplifting.
It’s those stories that keep Moms and Neighbors volunteers going. The organization will celebrate five years of kindness at their annual fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. May 2 at Carbone’s Pizza and Pub.
The evening will include the music of The Prospects, a silent auction, a raffle and food. Haugland said area businesses and organizations have generously donated a wide variety of items for the raffle and silent auction including books, wine, craft beers, massages and more. The Prospects have also donated their talents.
“It’s a very fun event,” said Haugland.
Volunteer Amy Trowbridge said when people donate their time, money and energy to Moms and Neighbors, it all goes directly to people. The group helps hundreds of area families and teens a year.
“If you give $100 to Moms and Neighbors, you give $100 to a family,” said volunteer Amy Trowbridge.
A fun evening, Haugland said the event has become a staple fundraiser for the organization and helps them carry on their work through the summer.
Volunteer run, Moms and Neighbors is a tightly operated organization. Last year the group’s operating costs were just $50.
The needs don’t end with the school year and Haugland said having a fundraiser at the beginning of the summer helps the group provide care packages during the busy summer months when it’s harder to collect donations.
The event is open to the public. Haugland said those wishing to help can bring a copy of this story to Carbone’s anytime May 2 and a percentage of the bill will be donated to Moms and Neighbors.
For those not familiar with the organization, Haugland said the event is a good opportunity to learn about Moms and Neighbors as well.
For more information, check out the organization’s website at momsandneighbors.org.