Coon Rapids group helps mothers, their kids

Members of the MOMS Club of Coon Rapids not only provide social networking and support to each other, but also help other mothers and their children.

The club, whose purpose is “moms offering moms support,” hosted its third annual holiday craft and vendor boutique for charity at the Coon Rapids Evangelical Free Church Nov. 16 in which 51 crafters and vendors took part.

Sheri Schatz and her daughter Lynsey, 10, talk with Miranda Anderson (left) an independent consultant with Jamberry Nails natural nail wraps.

Sheri Schatz and her daughter Lynsey, 10, talk with Miranda Anderson (left) an independent consultant with Jamberry Nails natural nail wraps.

The boutique featured local vendors and artists with handcrafted items as well as representative from home-based businesses selling their merchandise.

All the proceeds from the event went to the club’s annual adopt-a-family service project this holiday season.

“The MOMS Club of Coon Rapids is passionate about supporting causes that aid mothers and their children in our community,” said club member Simone Simon.

The 2012 boutique raised $1,700 for the adopt-a-family project, Simon said.

“Our preliminary estimates show we raised over $2,100 Saturday,” she said.

“We can’t wait to help some local families have a wonderful Christmas.”

The club works with Anoka County Social Service Department, which provides referrals of families in its adopt-a-family holiday program.

“We sponsored three large families last Christmas,” Simon said.

The families provide the county with a wish list for the holiday season which the county emails to the club, according to Simon.

“What they provide us are needs, not wants, including the children,” Simon said.

In fact, the club not only buys the “needs” on the list, but also gifts for the children that are not listed, she said.

Members look to their own children for ideas for these gifts, Simon said.

The boutique is not the only fundraiser in which the club is involved this holiday season.

Members will be providing a gift wrapping service at the Riverdale Best Buy store in Coon Rapids Dec. 20, 5 p.m. to close, Dec. 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to close, Dec. 23, 5 p.m. to close and Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to close.

There is a suggested donation of $2 per gift wrapped.

According to Simon, this is not just available to shoppers at Best Buy, but anyone else that would like gifts wrapped.

The MOMS Club of Coon Rapids has more than 50 members with activities offered on a daily basis to provide support to mothers at home with their kids.

The Coon Rapids chapter was founded in 1999 and is open to all Coon Rapids mothers who stay at home with their children.

According to its website, the club’s goals are to connect women of diverse backgrounds who have the common thread of having chosen motherhood as a full-time career by being at home while raising their children.

The club offers opportunities for a variety of educational and fun activities for both mothers and children alike.

“Additionally, the club offers its members an opportunity make a difference in the community with our commitment to helping not just our own children, but all area children by performing a variety of service projects each year to enhance the lives of children and mothers in need,” the website states.

There are over 2,000 chapters with 100,000 members in MOMS Club international.

For more information, go online to http//momsclubcrn.tripod.com.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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