Popular mommy-blogger Jill Smokler, creator and owner of all things Scary Mommy, has gone above and beyond for her following, once again, making Thanksgiving possible for thousands all over the world. Although her website gets around seven million hits a month, this year's Thanksgiving Project has been one for the record books. Jill and her following have raised close to $160,000 and provided Thanksgiving meals for almost three thousand families.
Scary Mommy Nation, a registered 501c(3) non-profit, is a grass-roots movement to make life better for parents all across the country, and has, to that end, created their wildly popular Thanksgiving Project, in which they strive to send $50 gift cards to everyone in need each holiday season.
Although previous years' projects have been mildly successful, the response this year has been beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Jill recently made an appearance on the Queen Latifah Show and inspired a written segment in ABC News, both highlighting this year's event. She was also featured on the Today Show discussing her organization and the success of this year's program.
Mikki Caplan-Zaple, one of the project coordinators, says, "This was definitely a group effort. We never could have done it without all of you; whether you donated, shared the pages through Facebook, or relentlessly Tweeted, you all played a HUGE part in getting this accomplished. I am so proud to be a member of this community and to know all of you wonderful people. The dedication, selflessness and generosity I have witnessed through this process has left me humbled and at times speechless."
Testimonials from other recipients of this and other projects sponsored by Scary Mommy Nation can be found here. One applicant, who goes by the screen name "Deaconsmom," says, "Every single person/company that donated are angels in the eyes of so many families like mine who would not be having a Thanksgiving meal if it weren't for the Thanksgiving Project. With tears streaming down my cheeks, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
Jill Smokler says of the experience, "You can change lives; it has inspired me so much and I hope that continues to inspire others.”