What started with the simple act of donating a backpack to a young student became Lantana-based charity, Mission Moms.
Lantana mom, Kathryn Flores, realized last year that many families in her community were facing challenging times. Knowing the importance of teaching her children the impact of giving and serving, she and her husband Joe knew it was time to take action.
When Flores first started Mission Moms, she discovered that more than 100 Lantana elementary students qualify for either free breakfast or lunch and 54 students qualify for both.
After successful Thanksgiving and Christmas campaigns that provided meals to families in need and Christmas gifts for underprivileged children, Mission Moms will be tackling additional projects this year to help the community.
The group’s next planned fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, during Lantana’s community-wide garage sale.
Mission Moms will be in the North Star Academy parking lot selling donated clothes, toys and household items to raise funds for backpacks, lunches, school supplies, Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts.
“You will be able to drop off your stuff by the truckload and we’ll get rid of it for you for a good cause. Or, if you need help, we will have pick ups at homes on Friday evening the night before the sale,” said Flores.
“Mission Moms is giving a small group of families a ‘gift card’ to shop for clothes, household items and educational materials at the garage sale. We hope this will ease their burdens and help them get set for summer.”
During the summer, Mission Moms will be joining forces with two other local charities to provide food and books to selected families on a bi-monthly basis, Flores added.
Learn more about Mission Moms at www.facebook.com/missionmoms.org.