Monday, 05 December 2011 by Thomas Tavaziva
A highly inspired and motivated local club has embarked on a fun and charitable project to ignite the upcoming festive season.
The Mom's Club of Belton is in the process of building a parade float for the annual Temple Christmas Parade. Although the project started out as just a fun activity for stay-at-home moms and their children to do, it has generated a considerable amount of interest and passion from the community.
"It has become more than just a fun activity for us to do for Christmas this year," said Shelly Young, the project coordinator. "The socializing with other families has been a blessing for the moms participating. We have decided to adopt a family and donate everything we receive for our float to that family."
The parade will take place on Dec. 5 and the Mom's Club will enter the best float contest and stand a chance to win prizes ranging from $50-$650.
Young said the club's donation would also serve as a valuable lesson for children, helping them understand the importance of giving back to the community.
The theme for the parade is "Home for the Holidays." Young and the Mom's Club incorporated their theme into the parade's theme; "Bringing Home our Soldiers for the Holidays."
Although the non-profit organization is not directly affiliated with the military, there are several moms that were in the service or have husbands in the armed forces.
The middle of the float is designed to resemble a living room with a fireplace, with a decorated tree and presents underneath. The design of the float will also include a recliner and rug with children listening to "mom and dad" reading a Christmas story.
Young described the support that the club has received as phenomenal. She expressed her gratitude to Home Depot in Killeen, Lowe's in Killeen, Wal-Mart in Belton and Room Store in Temple. Home Depot in Temple also donated a $150 pre-lit Christmas tree.
The club is still in need of skirting for the outside of the float, blankets, and presents for the children of the adopted military family.
Robin Shadrick, who has been involved in the club for nearly two years, described the fellowship of the women in the club as a blessing and she is glad to be part of such an energetic group.
"I really enjoy the friendships we have developed here," Shadrick said. "The moms are friendly and very caring and we have a lot of fun doing various projects together."
Mom's Club is an international organization that supports stay-at-home moms and the Belton chapter of the organization has been involved in projects such as Project Apple Tree and continues to make a difference in the community.
For more information on how to make donations, contact Shelley Young at (254) 760-9722 or Julie Adkison at (254) 931-7171.