Helping moms survive means helping children

Photo courtesy of Mommies In Need

By Debbie Jordan 

North Texas Giving Day is an online “giving extravaganza” hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas that focuses on community-wide giving. This year, Mommies In Need (MIN) is excited to announce they are hosting an “After School Fun Fest” sponsored by Comerica Bank.

On Sept. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at the Comerica Bank at Mockingbird and Abrams, the entire community is invited to join in for an afternoon of fun! Kids of all ages can enjoy face-painting, carnival games, cotton candy, Snow Baby’s frozen treats, pet adoptions and more. Guests can also enjoy the Play Street Museum On Wheels featuring interactive exhibits, learning-based toys and creative play structures. 

MIN is a non-profit with the mission to provide childcare, community and compassion to parents experiencing a health crisis. The organization was started by Natalie Boyle, a cancer survivor who had twin 18-month-old girls at the time of her diagnosis. Inspired to help her friend, Annie, in a similar situation, Natalie began fundraising to help pay for a nanny for Annie’s kids during her treatment.

This kindness to a friend has grown throughout the last five years into a program that has provided more than 20,000 hours of free in-home childcare to moms in Dallas and Colin Counties, and that number is increasing every day. In 2020, MIN will be expanding and opening a drop-in childcare center at Parkland Hospital, which will be free to patients, many of whom are uninsured and from families with a low income. The center will be named Annie’s Place, after the first mom MIN helped who sadly lost her battle with cancer last year. Mommies In Need is proud to honor her in the name of this center, which is expected to serve more than 3,000 children in the first full year of operation.

This year for North Texas Giving Day, MIN has set the ambitious goal of raising $50,000 in online giving. Their partners at Comerica, as well as several individuals, have committed to matching the first $35,000 donated online, so when the community gives, the impact is doubled. Visit northtexasgivingday.org/mommiesinneed to make a donation and help with this important work.

North Texas Giving Day celebrates community and, with that in mind, MIN is inviting other non-profit organizations to participate in the Sept. 19 event. 

There are several other organizations attending, including Equest, who will be bringing their therapy mini-horses for guests to interact with. MIN looks forward to seeing neighbors at the NTXGD After School Fun Fest on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at the Comerica bank at Mockingbird Ln. and Abrams Rd.