A group of metro mothers nearing their 40th birthdays are celebrating by giving back to others.
They are helping struggling mothers to meet basic needs by collecting baby items like bibs, bottles, clothing and especially detergent and diapers.
The group is doing it with the help of several businesses and donations through a grassroots project called Project 39.
Project organizer Angie Davids was thinking about her 40th birthday and feeling grateful about her past 10 years. So she came up with a plan.
"One of the biggest things was being a mom. (It) was a really big change from the last milestone, and then all the great friendships that developed from that," Davids said.
Now, she and others are giving back to other mothers who might not have that same support and might have fallen on hard times.
Project 39 efforts included their first event "The Mother of all Happy Hours."
This was the second year for the event where friends, family and businesses hosted small parties before Mother's Day.
"Instead of asking people to bring an appetizer or a bottle of wine or a hostess gift, just bring something for moms in need ... things that we really take for granted but are a part of everyday struggle for everyday moms," Davids said.
Those donations are brought to a baby store in Juniper Gardens, where 95 percent of the households in the public housing project are single mothers living on only $5,000 a year.
"There have been stories about moms leaving their children in soiled diapers all day, because what is your option if the diaper box is empty," said Diandra Meyers with The Family Conservancy, who manages the store.
The store offers weekly family education classes to mothers who earn points if they attend.
"Diapers and laundry detergent are higher points than maybe bibs and pacifiers, and it allows the mom to have ownership in what the mom is purchasing. We've seen self confidence rise too," Meyers said.
That is the difference Davids wanted to make in her 40s.
"I hope it continues to be a blessing to the mothers in need," she said.
If anyone would like to do their part, you can donate by clicking here.
Money donations will be used to buy bigger and more costly items like baby strollers and car seats which can cost up to $300.
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