It's crunch time for one area non-profit organization. With Christmas just two weeks away, they need all the help they can get to make sure those less fortunate have a happy holiday.
The Middleton Outreach Ministry, better known as M.O.M., has one goal.
“End hunger, prevent homelessness,” said Executive Director Jackson Fonder.
But when it comes to the holidays, they aim to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas.
“It is a very busy time of year but we wouldn't have it any other way. It's very fulfilling for us,” added Fonder.
This year, more families signed up for M.O.M.'s “Sharing Christmas”program than ever before.
“Sharing Christmas is a gift matching program, a gift-giving program where M.O.M. matches local businesses, families, and individuals with our clients who need us most,” said Fonder.
“We're trying to match up 400 families and what that means is serving about 1,500 people in this community,”
The Middleton Outreach Ministry has been putting on “Sharing Christmas” for the past 11 years. They say this year has been the busiest by far.
“This year we've served about 50 more families than we have in the past. This year especially our families came earlier and said we need the help so our numbers rose a lot faster,” said Ellen Carlson, community relations manager.
“The need has never been higher than it is right now,” commented Fonder.
So far, M.O.M. has taken care of 320 families. But some are in danger of missing out.
“What we're having right now is a little bit of a shortage. We're 80 families short with our match so we're still looking for people who would like to come forward and sponsor 80 of our families,” said Fonder.
But they're confident everyone's needs will be met.
“This community has proven in the past that they can respond to this kind of need,” said Fonder.
To find out how you can help those 80 families, just visit the M.O.M. Website at www.momhelps.org.