DISADVANTAGED DAYTON TEEN MOMS RECEIVE GOOD THEY NEED TO CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN
DAYTON — Social media philanthropists CultureMASH have wrapped up (or in this case swaddled) their Baskets for Bottoms diaper drive that garnered 3,400 diapers, several boxes of wipes, additional toiletries and other baby care items. In addition to diapers several boxes of clothing were donated to the home during the drive. All collected toiletries were donated to The Mustard Seed Foundation in Trotwood.
CultureMASH through social media has connected the Dayton Region to The Mustard Seed Home and it’s mission. Weeks of promotion on the web and online collection capabilities lead the group to successfully complete the Home’s first diaper drive. Shondale Atkinson, Founder of TMSF was blown away by the amount of donations and with the model CultureMASH has created, this drive can be run again a few times throughout the year as well as years to follow. CultureMASH is already planning the next.
The Mustard Seed Foundation is a local nonprofit serving disadvantaged teen mothers ages 13-21 and their children who are at or below the poverty level. The Mustard Seed Foundation provides its programs and services to all counties throughout the state of Ohio and accepts teen mothers who are in state or county custody or have been referred by other service agencies. “For many of these girls, we’re their last hope between a good life and a life on the street for them and their babies,” says founder Shondale Atkinson. “We are trying to break that cycle of poverty and show these girls that they can be the difference in the lives of their children. But we can’t do this alone; we’re very grateful for the contributions of individuals and organizations in this region who are committed to making the Gem City truly shine.”
CultureMASH would like to thank the following businesses that hosted a Baskets for Bottoms donation box:
- Tim Horton’s – 150 Monarch Lane – Miamisburg, OH 45342150
- Skyline Chili – 8906 Kingsridge Drive – Dayton, OH 45458-1619
- Airport Toyota – 1180 West National Road, Vandalia, OH 45377
- Living Word Church – 926 East National Road. Vandalia, OH 45377-3202
- The Ohio Coffee Company – 46 West 5th Street Dayton, OH 45402-2310
- Fresh Ideas Hair Design – 1464 West Main Street New Lebanon, OH 45345-9772
- Coins4Me 38 W. Franklin St. Centerville OH
- The Wine Loft @ The Greene – Beavercreek, OH
For those who might have missed this volunteer opportunity, The Mustard Seed Foundation is always accepting donations. To learn more about The Mustard Seed Foundation, or to find out how to contribute to their mission, visit www.themustardseedfoundationofdayton.org or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/themustardseedfoundationofdayton.
Founded in 2010 by Shana Douglas and Carla Weis Hale, CultureMASH is a team of creative young professionals in all facets of marketing and new media using their talents to give something back to the community. CultureMASH will train and assist organizations in using the latest tools to broaden and captivate their audience. Though not entirely focused on “e-charity,” the real-time web has become a sustainable means of marketing for the nonprofit sector. When used efficiently, social media can heighten awareness, help with promoting causes and boost fundraising so organizations can continue to have an impact and further their missions. Through use of creative talents and sound strategic thought processes, CultureMASH believes these messages will be amplified beyond the social network. By organizing communities both on and offline, a rejuvenation of volunteerism and involvement is ahead. CultureMASH is the bridge that will connect organizations back to the community to wage true advocacy campaigns.