MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 3 Ways to Help Others This Thanksgiving

November 15, 2014 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on WATD‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry – but it’s also a time when moms who are struggling to make ends meet can use extra help.

Today on MommaJam, we’re reminding listeners to think of others and consider donating time and/or money to Boston area charities that are helping out single moms and their children this Thanksgiving.

Here are three organizations worth supporting:

 Click the arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam with the South Shore Morning News crew, Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizan, at the 95.9 WATD-FM studios.

1.  Brookview House in Dorchester and Roxbury helps homeless and at risk families learn the skills necessary to break the grueling cycle of poverty.  Brookview is seeking donations to aid families currently living there have a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Consider that what you may spend on food in a single Whole Foods aisle is a complete meal for others.  Everyone should enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends – especially children.

Brookview also has a Wish List page on its website.  Perhaps you have some unopened arts and crafts or gently used silverware stuffed on a shelf in the basement.  Take a look at the Wish List and donate what you can to this fantastic shelter that focuses on turning women’s lives around.

2.  Father Bill’s and MainSpring in Quincy is another shelter that helps homeless families and provides a free lunch with dignity to men, women and children six days a week.  The program partners with Stonehill College to provide locally grown produce.  Nutrition is very important – eating a healthy meal is essential for everyone.  Consider donating your time to  prepare  and serve meals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Table – as it’s called – is located in Brockton at the MainSpring House emergency shelter.  Go to HELPFBMS.org for more information.

3.  Rosie’s Place in Boston was the first women’s shelter in the United States.  It was founded in 1974 to help women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds have a place of security and decent hot meal during a time of need.  Go to RosiesPlace.org to learn more about how to help out the thousands of women who go through the shelter’s doors each year.

Tell your children what you are doing.  The best way to teach empathy is by modeling empathy.  It’s important for kids to know how moms help other moms in need.  Kids can get involved, too!  They can hold fundraisers, pick out pantry items, and in some cases, with older teens, volunteer with you on a weekend or during the holiday vacation.

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Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM.  Listen live on the radio dial or from your desktop, phone or tablet.

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