ALPENA - Four Alpena High School Leadership students volunteered at Alpena's teen Mothers of Preschoolers meeting on Friday. The students brought teen moms holiday gifts and organized a Christmas craft, making blankets for holiday gifts. Marie Lockwood, leadership teacher, said the students chose to work together with teen moms to celebrate the holidays.
"We really wanted to do something to help teen moms feel appreciated and welcomed," Alaina Clearwood said.
Taylor Genschaw said AHS leadership students spent a few weeks making 13 stockings, one for each teen mom, filled with lip gloss, personal items, perfume, a card, teddy bear, and popcorn for each girl.
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Alpena High School Leadership students presented Alpena’s teen Mothers of Preschools Christmas stockings filled with different items during lunch at Word of Life Baptist Church. Then they worked together to make blankets for holiday gifts.
"We're also going to make blankets with them. We brought blue and gray, or black and green fleece to help them make blankets for gifts, or for their babies," Grace Eagle said.
The MOPS group meets twice each month for approximately three hours at the Word of Life Baptist Church for relationship building activities, discussions, a meal, and babysitters through the mentoring program.
"We want to celebrate the privilege and responsibility of being a mom," Lilian Shriner, MOPS coordinator, said. "We talk about and do anything practical that will help them in their life, personal growth, or for their children. It's what we're about."
Ann Eagle, part of the steering committee, said MOPS was introduced to Alpena in 2005, but is a national organization to support local moms.
"It's a community event, free and funded through community donations. Ultimately, we're here as a foundation for moms. It's an international group, but we're proud to be part of it," Eagle said.
For more information about MOPS visit mops.org or to donate items or money to fund MOPS meetings stop by Word of Life Baptist Church.
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