MOMS coming together to make a difference in the community
Jan 22, 2019 01:55PM
● By Michelynne McGuire
Christa Hutchison, secretary; Carissa Irving, vice president; Ayse Hannon, president; Alexa Raynes, events coordinator; and Stephanie Rowan-Bailey, member. (Photo courtesy M.O.M.S Club of Draper)
By Michelynne McGuire | [email protected]
The MOMS Club of Draper (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an organization about uniting stay-at-home moms and advancing the community through their work.
The MOMS Club of Draper is a local chapter, from the larger organization known as International Moms Club. The website can be found at www.momsclub.org.
Ayse Hannon is the president of the nonprofit MOMS Club of Draper.
“Our main focus is to be a support group to stay-at-home moms,” Hannon said.
The organization requires each chapter to complete at least one service project throughout the year that will benefit other children, women or families. But the Draper club’s leadership — made up of Hannon, Carissa Irving, Lori Cameron, Christa Hutchison and Suzanne Hogsed — and its other members take on more than one service project a year.
The club also works as a liaison to those who have a charity they run, or a person that may know of a charity that could benefit from the support of the MOMS club.
In 2018 during the holidays, the board members, club members and firefighters from Fire Station 22 worked collectively to make sure some families in need had a brighter season.
When the MOMS had their event, called Kids in the Kitchen, they asked participants to make a treat in their home with their children, then hand-delivered the treats together to the firefighters at Fire Station 22. The treats were given as a gesture of gratitude for the firefighters’ continued hard work and persistence during the outbreak of fires in 2018.
That experience propelled MOMS into their next service project, when the firefighters gave them a tour, talked with them, and informed them of a program the firefighters were hosting, called the Angel Tree program.
“The Angel Tree giving project allows community members to become subs for Santa,” said Hannon.
Hannon noted that the program stems from the original concept established in 2014, known as the Lake Foundation with the Angel Tree Project.
“This really sparked interest in our group, so we used group funds to complete the wish list of one entire family, and then our club volunteers dropped off items to fulfill stocking stuffers for all three families,” Hannon said.
With the added assistance from MOMS, the program fulfilled more holiday hopes. Irving, vice president, commented on how the project had “such huge impact the fire department extended an accompaniment to deliver the gifts.”
The MOMS are anticipating the commencement of their next project: to work with the South Valley extension of the Utah Food Bank, located at the Adventure Church in Draper, west off the I-15.
This food bank feeds close to 4,000 families a month, and is always accepting canned goods and basic hygiene products.
If interested in offering support or looking for support, the MOMS Club of Draper can be reached at [email protected]
The MOMS Club of Draper appreciates when local organizations host free events for the MOMS club members, or their kids; they also can accept contributions toward one of their service projects or take ads in their monthly newsletter.
If interested in joining your local chapter or perhaps starting a chapter in your own area, information can be found from the larger organization, International Moms Club at www.momsclub.org.
For further information you can also check out their Facebook page: Draper MOMS Club.