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Sandhills MOPS – September 2019 Chamber Spotlight

Fellowship, support, encouragement, friendship, laughter, fun and coffee.

Local moms can soak up all of this by being a part of the Sandhills MOPS group that meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

MOPS is a Christian based group that aims to gather and support moms of children five and under. Sandhills MOPS is the local chapter of MOPS International which began in 1973 and has grown considerably since then. They currently partner with churches and organizations in over 60 countries. The local group began meeting in 2012 in Ord. In 2017 gatherings started taking place in the more central location of Burwell at the United Methodist Church. Currently, 15-20 moms from Ord, Burwell, Taylor, Chambers, Sargent and other nearby towns attend the Sandhills MOPS gatherings.

Connecting with fellow moms in the area is an incredibly enriching experience not just for the mothers but the children as well. Free childcare is provided on-site during each meeting which creates free time for the moms to connect with other adults and gives the children an opportunity to play and interact with other children.

“If you are looking for a place to volunteer your time in a way that makes a huge impact, we would love to talk to you about helping in our childcare room. You don’t have to prepare anything, just show up and hang out with some little kiddos for an hour and a half, giving a much needed respite to our moms. The church will provide a free background check and you’ll be asked to watch and complete a short child safety class online, which is also free. Even if you could only commit to coming to volunteer once a month instead of twice a month, we’d love to have your help!”

Sandhills MOPS also connects moms with services and businesses in the Central Nebraska area. Last year they welcomed Riverside Physical Therapy to offer tips for stressed out moms, Normal Roasting Company continues to provide brewed coffee for the gatherings and the ladies from the Burwell Clothing Closet shared their mission and allowed MOPS to tour their facilities and do a little shopping.

The group has also had home visitors from The Sixpence/Early Head program share the benefits and qualifications for their program and Emily Smith from ESU 10 talked to moms about what to do if they suspect their child has a developmental delay. Area salon owners and a yoga teacher from Utopia Spa & Health Studio helped pamper moms during a spa day.

This upcoming year Sandhills MOPS is partnering with Connected Forever which sponsors the Nebraska NICU Connection group. They will be making felt Halloween costumes that will be sent to NICUs across Nebraska. These costumes can easily be placed on the backs of tiny babies in incubators who can’t go out and celebrate Halloween with their families. “It’s a small token to help families with babies in the hospital feel a little bit more “normal,” and be able to take some fun pictures on Halloween. We also plan to work at a local church to provide items for Operation Christmas Child.”

MOPS moms have also done various crafts, made freezer meals and taken part in various discussion when they meet. They also welcome anyone with a special skill, topic or product that would like to share information and resources with area moms to be a guest speaker at a gathering.

The invitation to attend the free Sandhills MOPS gatherings is open to any mother of children five and under. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 9:30-11:00 am at the Burwell Methodist Church. Breakfast and drinks are always provided. You can get more information by reaching out to one of the coordinators, Jenna Anders or Elizabeth Huseman. You can also contact the group via their Facebook page.

“We accept moms year-round and would love to meet you. Think of it as investing an hour and a half, twice a month, in yourself with time to meet other moms and relax!”

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