I just want to take a quick moment to say I am truly astounded by the outpouring of support I have gotten since my last blog post about starting Mommies In Need. In a little over a week, we have more than doubled our original goal for helping Annie and her family!!!
I was not sure if I could really do this thing, or if I was just being an (even more) insane person. But you guys are backing me up and giving me the courage to keep going. The amount of people who have shared the link, donated, or offered to help in some other way is incredible. I think it has spoken to a real need in society. I have heard over and over again when I explain the idea to people, “I never really thought about it, but I don’t know what my family would do if I got that sick.” Mommies In Need is growing at the rate that it is because it offers a tangible and relatable service to people who are in an unthinkable situation.
So just to keep you in the loop here are just a few things that have actually happened in the last week:
We have the beginnings of the 501(c)(3) paperwork done. This is an extremely tedious process but I am hoping to have at the very least the articles of incorporation submitted to the state by tomorrow. Once that goes through, I can get the rest of the forms to the IRS in the next few weeks.
We have a Secretary and Treasurer for the Board. We will be having board meetings and voting on measures and all sorts of official stuff!
We have a Mommies In Need bank account where all of your incredibly generous donations are going. And by bank account, I mean real bank account, not a bag with a dollar sign on it under a loose floorboard.
We now have a PO Box. Send us something! I recommend a check made out to Mommies In Need, but you could also send Annie a letter or card of encouragement, a sonnet you write about how generally awesome I am, or whatever else you feel inspired to pass along. Our new address is: Mommies In Need, PO Box 601562 Dallas, Tx 75360.
And most importantly, we have raised enough money to fund a Nannie for Annie (sounds like a Dr. Seuss book) for over 2 months!!! I am amazed and overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm that everyone has shown.
So please continue to donate or have people send checks to our new address. You can also send me an email at email@example.com if there is some other way you want to get involved or just want to be on the mailing list for any and all Mommies In Need info.
I am so excited that we are able to help Annie and hopefully many more mommies like her in the future. Thank you to all of you for listening, supporting, and sharing! And for jumping on board this crazy train with me!