Seaside Mothers of Multiples

 

Helping Hands

As we are all well aware, the cost of living in this part of the country is very high. Couple that with the additional costs associated with raising children (never mind multiples!) then it's no wonder that there are many families struggling to meet their basic needs (food, heat, healthcare, shelter). 
 
We often don't know who our neighbors in need are, so here are some of the many resources available. 

 
WANT TO DONATE LOCALLY?  Search all South Shore resources at SharingWeb.org
 
 
 
Check below for SMOM-favored places to make donations to local children and families in need:

CRADLES TO CRAYONS
Quincy
Cradles to Crayons provides new and used clothing and everyday supplies to poor and homeless children under 12, through distribution partnerships with schools, shelters, health centers and other programs. Upcoming donation drives include Braintree (April 28) or you can drop off at their Quincy warehouse. Checkwww.cradlestocrayons.org for details or call 617-471-8417.

SOWING SEEDS
Rt 139, Corner of Plain and School Sts, Marshfield
The Clothing Bank of this outreach organization provides free clothing to residents of Marshfield. Currently they especially need clothing for infants through 3T. Doors are open 10:00 to noon, Thursday and Saturday. (781-837-3337)

WELLSPRING
814 Nantasket Ave, Hull
The thrift store at the Wellspring Multi-Service Center accepts donations during operating hours only:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 4pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm

DSS AREA OFFICES
DSS offices need donations for their Visiting Rooms, Placement Packages, and Literacy program. Call to determine area office needs:
Brockton (508) 894-3700
Plymouth (800) 423-2338
S. Weymough (781) 682-0800

CAROLINA HILL
728 Main St (Rt 3A), Marshfield
Carolina Hill is a transitional family shelter for homeless women and children. Their services are designed to break the cycle of repeated homelessness experienced by many families. They are always in need of good quality children's clothing, books, toys and personal care items, as well as women's clothing and basic home furnishings (cooking items, linens).Currently they are accepting only NEW  clothing and toys due to lack of storage space. Drop-offs can be made M-F between 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. (avoiding meal times). Eliot Binder or his house manager Barbara can be reached at 781-837-1377.

MARY-MARTHA LEARNING CENTER, Main Street, Hingham
A residential educational program for homeless families, primarily women with infants and young children, which provides educational and social services to assist in achieving long-term changes in their lives and in gaining financial independence. Donations of baby and kid-related items can be dropped off by appointment. Call Sharon Brake at 781-749-5441.

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, Brockton
They do wonderful work all year for families in need. They accept gently used furniture, and will send a truck to pick up your donations. (508-238-7512)

DONATE EYEGLASSES: Bring old eyeglasses to the Optical Center at BJ's Wholesale (Plymouth, Weymouth, or see www.bjs.com for more locations). They make any necessary repairs and then give them to needy people around the world. 
 
ARE YOU IN NEED OF HELP?
 
A great place to start is MassResources.org, a website that provides detailed information about the many types of assistance available to those in need living in Massachusetts. Select the type of assistance you are seeking from the drop-down menu (healthcare, food, childcare, preschool, fuel, energy, heating system, etc.) and follow the links to learn about the various federal, state, and local programs to help you.

Additional programs are provided by the local Community Action Councils, which include day care, fuel assistance, heating system services, weatherization, information & referral, consumer mediation services, water and sewer assistance, etc.:

South Shore Community Action Council (508-746-6707)

Quincy Community Action Programs (617-479-8181, ext. 101.)
 

 

 

NEW ENGLAND MULTIPLES FLEA MARKET is a new Yahoo! online discussion group for multiples families across New England, started by the VP of Triplets, Moms, and More, who is a friend of Angela K.. This online flea market helps families like ours exchange or sell child-related items across club lines. Here's how it works:

  • You need a Yahoo ID to join the group.
  • At www.yahoo.com, click on Groups
  • On the next screen (Find a Group), type inNEMFM
  • On the next screen, click on the NEMFM heading.
  • If you want to join, click on Join This Group
  • All new members will be verified and approved by moderators (volunteer mothers of multiples)
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