A Simple Way to Help Kansas City Moms and Their Babies
Parenting is no easy task, regardless of circumstance. Unfortunately, for too many parents the difficulties are compounded when basic needs like diapers, baby wipes and laundry are overshadowed by more critical needs like rent, transportation and groceries.
Each year, during the week of Mother’s Day, TFC encourages community members to participate in their Mother of All Happy Hours. A community-wide event where area moms (and dads) host baby showers, asking their friends to donate items for families participating in TFC‘s parent education program. These simple necessities (diapers, wipes and laundry detergent) incentivize participation and enable struggling parents to meet the basic needs of their children and focus on improving their lives.
How to Participate
There are no rules for participating in the Mother of All Happy Hours. You can host a breakfast, combine it with your monthly book club, host it after-hours at your favorite KC restaurant, or organize a diaper drive at your office, school or church.
Items to Collect:
Diapers – sizes newborn, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and pull-ups (larger sizes are the biggest need)
Laundry detergent – 46 ounce bottles are best for transporting and dividing equitably
New or gently used books for children ages birth to three (board books & Spanish language are the biggest need)
Monetary donations for larger item purchases: such as infant car seats, strollers and baby beds
Parenting class participants share what the Mother of All Happy Hours event donations mean to them.
Mother of All Happy Hours Supports Vulnerable Parents
TFC helps young moms and dads learn about bonding with their babies, supporting healthy child development, and other keys to raising successful children.
Classes are offered onsite at two Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority sites. In recent years, the sites have experienced a surge in refugee population. Resident populations include Somali, Liberian, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Vietnamese and others.