Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Holiday's @ MOMS® Club Irvine-Central

MOMS® Club Irvine-Central is giddy with excitement gearing up for this Holiday Season. Thanksgiving is around the corner and we will be celebrating it potluck style! Hanukkah and Christmas is not too far off either. Aww, take a deep breath, a step back and reflect. Can you feel it? There's a chill in the air, and by chill I mean the good kind of chill, the kind of chill that nips at your nose, brings out the scarfs and holiday sweaters from the dark corners of your closet, that perfect crispy chill apt for putting one in the Holiday spirit!

This year, here at MOMS® Club we are adopting a family from Families Forward. Families Forward is our local non-profit community supported agency. Each year it provides an abundance of services to Families that might find themselves struggling. Of those services, adopting a family is one option. To adopt a family means to pledge and guarantee to fulfill the Holiday wish-list of the pertinent family.

Here at MOMS® Club Irvine-Central we believe in being charitable to others and we believe that our children can and will learn a great deal from that. I have to say it is very uplifting to see what a caring group we've got going here. As soon as the Families Forward wish-list went out to our members, they moved into action! The response we received was incredible. I just have to say we are going to make our adoptive family, one happy family this Holiday Season!

I wish I could recognize all our charitable donors by name, here, on our blog but alas one must follow club policy.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Garage Sale and Bake Sale News

Great news everyone!

Our MOMS Club garage sale was a huge success. We raised about $1,400 dollars to benefit (1) the International MOMS Club Mother-to-Mother Fund and (2) Not For Sale: A Campaign to End Human Trafficking and Slavery.

A great big hug and well deserved thanks goes out to everyone; our volunteers and shoppers alike, without you none of this could have been made possible.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Garage Sale & Bake Sale

~~ Baby Gear ~~ Children’s Clothing ~~ Appliances ~~ Household items ~~ Baby Clothes ~ Strollers ~ Bumbo Seats ~ Bikes ~ and much more…

Oh! and a pastry or two! :)

When? Saturday, September 18th 6am-12 Noon
Where? xxx

All proceeds to benefit the elected charities of MOMS® Club Irvine-Central 2010-2011; The Mother-to-Mother Fund (the MOMS Club International fund that provides financial grants to members during times of extreme personal crisis or natural disaster) and Not For Sale(a campaign to end human trafficking across the globe).

~~ Baby Gear ~~ Children’s Clothing ~~ Appliances ~~ Household items ~~ Baby Clothes ~ Strollers ~ Bumbo Seats ~ Bikes ~ and much more…

Hope to see you there!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Upcoming Garage Sale & Bake Sale too!!


We have a garage sale and in tandem bake sale in the works...
Are you cleaning house this summer? Do you have any items you'd like taken from your hands? The MOMS Club board will gladly take any toys, strollers, household items etc. that you'd otherwise have donated via our yahoo-group or goodwill. Simply contact one of the board members to schedule a pickup. :)

Proceeds will go towards our elected charities of 2010-2011; The Mother-to-Mother Fund (the MOMS Club International fund that provides financial grants to members during times of extreme personal crisis or natural disaster) and Not For Sale(a campaign to end human trafficking across the globe).

Garage & Bake Sale Date: September 18th, 2010
Sale Location: xxx in Irvine
Time: 6am - Noon

If you can get the word out to your families & friends! Please do! Thank You!

Service Project 2010- Families Forward School Supply Drive

The school supply has come to an end. As you can see, we had a nice turn out and I assure you Families Forward was very grateful and excited to receive the supplies.

Thank you to every one that participated!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Families Forward School Supply Drive

Who? MOMS® Club of Irvine-Central & Families Forward

When? July 14th – August 11th

Collection dates? At all MOMS® Club-Irvine events through Aug. 11th. Give supplies to any board member.

Back to school season is here!

Every year our club enjoys giving back to our community and helping those less fortunate. We all want to raise a child that cares & helps others. It's never too early or too late to start. We will be collecting back-to-school items @ all park days and MOMS Club activities through August 11th. Don't forget to take pictures of your child and yourself doing the shopping for the supplies! We will be making the beginnings of a “Family Volunteer Album” for each child to take home at our August business meeting.

Families Forward Supply List, see below

Especially Needed Items:

· Scientific Calculators

· Pencil Boxes

· Zippered Pencil Case

· Washable Markers

· Red Pens

· Scissors

· Backpacks

· Binders

· Wide Ruled Paper

· Index Cards

· Folders

· Spiral Notebooks

Other Important Items:

· #2 Pencils

· Colored Pencils

· Highlighters

· Rulers

· Crayons

· Erasers

· Glue Sticks

· Pens

· College Ruled Paper

You can also help by donating cash or gift certificates for school uniforms, outdoor athletic gear, shoes, and clothing to stores like:Target, Payless Shoes, and Old Navy.

Founders Day Fundraiser~ Tanaka Farm Produce Boxes

What is Founder’s Day? It’s an annual reunion of all the MOMS chapters of the region, hosted by MOMS Club International. It’s a time for bonding and getting to know other chapters from around the world. The highlight of the event is the raffle baskets with varied prices ranging from toys, trips, to cash. That’s right they’ve been known to give away as much has $1000 cash! Money raised from Founders day goes towards operation costs and the Mother-to-Mother Fund. Overall Founders Day makes for a nice Mom’s Day Out.

Can you say TANAKA FARMS?!
That’s right we are back in business. Maybe you’ve had their veggie boxes in the past or have always wondered about it. We will be selling Tanaka Veggie boxes this summer. Look for details in our FB page, newsgroup, blog and webpage. A sign-up list will be making rounds as well.

Proceeds from our veggie box will go towards subsidizing the price of Founder’s Day tickets.

When? Every Wednesday from July 21st to August 25th.
Location & Time: Boxes will be delivered @ Park Day, 9:30 A.M.

About the box…

Box price is $30.00.

Tanaka Farms will donate $5.00 for each & every box sold on every delivery to the club!!!

Each box contains a selection of seasonal organic fruit and vegetable produce, enough to feed a family of 3 or 4 for a week.

Some suggestions for coping, if the amount of produce or price proves too much for you is splitting the box with another member!

Contact a board member TODAY, if you'd like to sign up or get more information. First delivery is set to occur July 21st. Get the word out maybe your neighbor wants a box too! :)

Tanaka Farms Produce Box

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer time.

Summer is in full swing.
Sprinklers, slip-and-slide, ice cream parties and bubble shows.
Aww, the sounds of summer.
The children shout's of joy and sometimes not.
Jump, skip, shout, cry until the wee hours of the night.
I see the orange hews of fire as it dances to and fro
soon followed by the rumbling stampede of children running to the ring-side to toast (sometimes burn) their marshmallows for the making of smores.

I do love Southern California. In-spite the fact that lately our July has been more like June, gloom that is.

Our community celebrated our country's Independence with great pride and success this past 4th. A group of our MOMS members gathered to participate in a community wide parade, the children slapped on their patriotic gear and tricked out their rides; trike's, bikes and strollers that is, training wheels and all.

Speaking of happy things...the first fundraiser of the 2010-2011 board was a great success, raising close to 200 dollars for our charities.

Next up, in the works, is a community garage sale where our members can expect to be rid of all those old toys, out-grown strollers and jammies, etc. etc. For more information about this upcoming fundraiser or if you'd like to donate one of your items contact one of the board members.

Being summer and all, back to school is ever-always just around the corner...MOMS Club Irvine-Central will once again be doing a back to school drive as its become almost a tradition, an annual service project.

Lastly I will leave you with a crafty project idea for the summer months.

That's right! Shadow Puppets!
Easy to make and comes with hours of fun.
You can find printable's online, or simply take a coloring book copy any favorite image onto hard construction paper & cut out the image. Glue a Popsicle stick to your cut-out. Grab a flashlight and Walla! you are ready to create your own production with your little ones.

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