Single MOMM, a relational ministry that provides community support and resources for the spiritual, emotional and personal development of single-mother families, received a call in early December from the mother of a very giving 5-year-old boy who asked her to call because he didn’t want toys from Santa Claus. He told his mom he wanted to give a bike to a boy his age because he “wanted that boy to race his bike like I race my bike.”
Jennifer Finnegan Pool, the founder of Single MOMM, wrote to say that a few days later the boy and his family dropped off a shiny new bike for a little boy who wouldn’t have had one. That little boy was Kale. He hadn’t had a new present at Christmas in several years because his mom had suffered a year of health-related and financial issues and she and her family were starting to feel hopeless. They have been part of Single MOMM for several years.
“It has been a joy to watch Kale’s mom grow in strength, confidence and stability through our program,” Jennifer wrote. “She leads her family well today. Her path as not been easy ... but her resolve to step forward in courage, to parent her children well and to look ahead with hope is inspiring.”
When Kale’s mom heard about the bike and that Single MOMM was offering it to her son, she wept. Within the hour she showed up at the Single MOMM office to thank them in person.
“You have no idea what this bike has done,” the mother said. “This bike has done everything we needed it to do!”
“The bike had been a message of hope that someone saw them, that she and her kids were valuable,” Jennifer wrote. “We prayed for her in the office and as we prayed, she prayed with us. She praised God for sending her this message through the bike and for the ‘family’ she has gained at Single MOMM.”
Single MOMM expects to serve more than 250 single moms and their families this year. To find out how you can help, call 944-1710, visit www.singlemomm.org or email email@example.com.
The Northern Michigan Spa Tour, an organization with the mission of inspiring health and well being while growing the spa industry through education and philanthropy, recently raised and donated $3,500 to six northern Michigan food pantries by hosting a “week of giving.” During the week, $5 from every 50-minute spa treatment was donated to local food pantries in each spa’s area.
The Spa at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire donated to the Bellaire Community Food Pantry. Treetops Spa at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, donated to the Otsego County Food Pantry. Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville donated to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. Oasis Salon and Spa at Riverwalk Place, Gladwin, donated to Sacred Heart Mission in Gladwin and the Helping Hands Mission in Beaverton. Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls and The Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor donated to The Manna Food Project, and Spa Grand Traverse at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme donated to the Father Fred Foundation.