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You, precious reader, have talents. We all have gifts that the Lord has blessed us with. And with these gifts, we can choose to glorify Him. We can do this by how we use our gifts.

Maybe you’re a talented writer. Perhaps you have the gift of hospitality. Can you put on a mean event? Are you great with your words? Maybe you’ve been blessed with a technological brain.

These are all amazing talents.

And deep down, we all want to use our talents for something greater than ourselves, right? It’s natural to want to help someone else out in the ways that God has gifted you.

If you’re looking for a place to volunteer, Mighty Moms would love to have you.

We have needs all the time, needs that possibly you and your gift(s) could fill!

Get Involved

A few of the areas we always need help in are:

  • Shoppers
  • Mobile Pantry
  • Website & Tech
  • Pick Up & Stock
  • Back to School

There are other areas, too. We’re always looking for good photographers to take pictures at our events. If you are a social butterfly, maybe you know of a family in need in our community that we could come together to help.

God has given each of you gifts and talents. If you’re looking for a way to serve and give of your time, comment and let us know!

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

I am excited to tell you about our upcoming Mighty Mom events.  We are so blessed to have such faithful committed supporters and friends like you guys.  So many of you have contacted us wanting to know how you can be a part of serving the hungry in our community and we can’t wait to meet you!

April 6 & 7

Our Spring Break Mobile Pantry (our free grocery store) will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on April 7.  We L O V E this outreach project.  We typically do this 3 times a year when the kids are out of school for extended breaks.  This is a way for MightyMoms to serve those families in need for extra groceries while the kids are out of school.  We ask churches and small groups to collect specific items for us to give away that morning.  We will also give away hygiene products and have our “free” mini garage sale.  Gently used clothing, baby items, etc. are given to those who need them.  This is always so much fun for the giver and the receiver.

We need volunteers to help us sort and load our trucks and vans on Monday April 6  from 1-3 at our MM building in DS.  We also need people on Tuesday…the day of the pantry…from 930-1.  We will set up at 930 and “open” the pantry from 1030-1230.  Usually, everything is given away and we just pack up our tables and clean up a little and we are done.  Yes!  Kids are welcome to serve with us that day.  We ❤️ kids helping kids!

April 18th

Our 2nd volunteer opportunity in April is our Full Tummy Project Food Drive at Sams in Denham Springs on Saturday April 18 from 10-1.  We need a couple volunteers each hour to help us greet the many Sams customers that day.  We will sell Jambalaya and baked goodies too.  If you like to bake, would you help us by baking some of your delicious homemade cookies, brownies or any sugary treat and bag them for us to sell that morning?  Thank you bakers out there.  Our Full Tummy Project grocery bill is somewhere between 8-10K a month.  If we could receive the food/money we need to finish out the FTP school year on this one day….it would be a huge help to us.

Please check your calendars and get back to us.

We are so thankful for all of you who have the hands to serve and the hearts to love.

XOXO,

Dawn Birdsong

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My Grateful Heart

School has started and it didn’t take long for our chillaxing summer afternoons to be a distant memory.  School absolutely interferes with our carefree summer lifestyle. HA!  School is a MUST and WE. WILL. SURVIVE. another year of early alarm clocks, carpool schedules, HOMEWORK, and the usual afternoon chaos.  I am so blessed to have 3 healthy boys, a hard working husband who provides for his family, a “tribe” of Jesus lovin’ mommas who share the burdens of parenting with me EVERY SINGLE DAY, and the good willed, caring, compassionate people of Livingston Parish and my community.

I thank you.  We thank you.

Over the last few years, and especially the last few months, I have been blown away by God’s goodness and the goodness of our supporters.  Mighty MOms couldn’t do what we love to do without our faithful contributors, prayer warriors, volunteers, and friends of Christ.  We just couldn’t.  We know that this ministry belongs to GOD and we are thankful HE lets us be HIS hands and feet in our hurting little world in South Louisiana.  WE are grateful that we have all of you who have supported us from the start, from the middle, and from last week.

I am very conscious that my life, MOST of OUR lives, are different from those moms and families that MIghty Moms has the privilege of serving.  Getting ready for back to school is a stressful and costly time of the year.  Uniforms, haircuts, supplies, booksacks, shoes, lunch money, school fees, spirit shirts, and the list goes on and on.  That list is a bit stressful for me too.  If you are having a hard time making ends meet on a regular basis, this list could send you straight over the edge.  What if you are a single parent?  What if you don’t have the loving support of your family?  or a “village of mommas” loving and encouraging you daily?  Scary thoughts like these make me get on my knees and thank Him.. for the good and the not so good in my life.

I just want to say THANK YOU and I wish I could hug each of your necks right now.  Because of your kindness and generosity, we have lightened the load for many this school year.  We’ve had fun buying and sorting uniforms for all shapes and sizes.  We bought LOTS of school supplies and have more were donated.  Full Tummy Bags have been packed and delivered this week. Groceries for families who don’t have enough to eat is something we buy weekly. We smile big SMILES when we write checks for school fees.  School fees are HUGE.  Depending on the school and grade, fees range from $20-$30 per child.  Its rare to see a family in need with one child.  So you see, fees add up.  We are so appreciative that we have money to help children get back to school.  THANK YOU.

I consider myself to be a lucky girl

to live in this place with such giving people. I am proud to live in Livingston Parish.  Just wanted you all to know how much your contribution means to those who don’t have enough this “back to school” season.

You must love one another,

said Jesus.  Tonight I am thankful for His love, your love, and the love we are able to show others through uniforms, school fees, and Full Tummy Project.

XOXO,

Dawn

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2013 Easter Pantry Information

Mighty Moms Easter Pantry will be Monday, March 25 from 11:30-1 p.m. in Eastover.  The kids get to shop in our free grocery store for food to bring home for spring break.  I know my grocery bill jumps up when my kids are home on break.  We need 50 of each of these items…if you are able to help us…..we would be so grateful.  We also need volunteers to help that day in Eastover. 

  • peanut butter and jelly
  • cheddar cheese (small bag)
  • loaf of bread
  • spaghetti sauce
  • flour tortillas
  • spaghetti noodles
  • capri suns
  • cereal
  • large can of chicken
  • oranges
  • individual ranch packs
  • bananas

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Mighty Moms: Recent News

The Advocate Feature, Google Apps, Upcoming Food Barrel Program…

First of all, Mighty Moms is so thrilled to have reached a new audience of Moms, Dads and caring individuals throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area show an outpouring of support after reading our story in The Advocate.  (Also in PDF form)  We have many areas in our ministry that need volunteers with special gifts.  You are endowed with gifts and we invite you to share your talents, you computer whizzes, shoppers, cooks, writers, and so much more.  Would you pray about what your gifts are and if you would be willing to help us in that area?  We know that God had your gift in mind when he lead you to our site and we are excited to watch HIM grow this ministry beyond our wildest dreams.

We’re so thankful for you, your time and your talents; we want to make the most of these gifts!  We’re just getting setup on Google Apps which will (hopefully) help us organize and coordinate our volunteers.  Through this, we will be adding a public calendar of upcoming events.  So you don’t miss a single thing, you can even add the calendar to your own Outlook, smartphone or Google Calendar!  We’ll be updating our contact page for specific email addresses, but first things first!  We also have some big news!

An upcoming FOOD BARREL PROGRAM is being worked out with a group of Livingston Parish professionals teamed together through the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce.  We have an ambitious starting goal of 50 barrels throughout the Denham Springs, Watson and Walker areas.  We need locations to home the barrels and volunteers to collect the food.   We will be posting more information on our site (under PROJECTS), but until then you can read about the Mighty Moms Food Barrel Program Proposal or contact us if you are interested in helping us out with this program.

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