Kiwanis Shops for Teen Moms

Kiwanis Shops for teen moms

On Nov. 15, the Kiwanis Club of Ashland helped make the holidays a little easier for 7 Medford-area teen moms and their families. Kiwanis provided Thanksgiving dinner supplies, as well as everyday groceries and diapers, for 7 households that included 7 teen moms and their 8 children. A little over $1,200 was spent on the shopping spree.

In cooperation with Youth for Christ, Kiwanis member and director of the Youth for Christ Teen Mom Mentoring program, Peggy Trowbridge, arranged this special day and evening for the teen moms. The volunteer mentoring program is designed to give teen moms and their children a safe place to come, relax, and have fun once a week. A hot meal is provided, along with a craft or other activity, and childcare for the evening. The mentoring program strives to provide each mom with a stable and reliable person (a mentor) who is available to spend time with the girls, listen, pray, laugh, and cry with them as the situation warrants. Most of the moms are lacking this sort of emotional support in their lives, and just need someone to be there for them.

There were 14 Kiwanis members who volunteered for this event, joined by Ashland High School Key Club members Dana Saladoff, Sadie Shelton, and Emily Warnke-Crary. All were assigned a teen mom for shopping purposes. Groceries were delivered that evening, and the Kiwanis members, teen moms, their children, and the mentoring staff was able to share a Thanksgiving dinner together.

If you would like to learn more about Kiwanis, and its many programs for children and others in the greater Ashland community, please call 488-8065.

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