Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spread the Love with Huggies #UltraHug for a Chance to Win
#UltraHug Selfie 
Being a Mom is one of the greatest accomplishments that I have had as an adult. My number one priority in life is and will always be doing what's best for my children and that includes raising my kids in a community that is positive and safe. After my husband and I got married nearly 15 years ago, we had our first two children within a couple of years and it was then that we decided to move back to the community that I grew up in. Here where we live, everyone knows everyone. Once named one of the "100 Best Small Towns in America" I was proud to raise my children in the same community that I grew up in. Unfortunately, things have changed over the past several years as heroin has infiltrated our streets, much like it has in similar communities across the country. This small city where we are now raising our children is not the same place that I grew up. When my kids and I take walks through the local park behind our home, it's not uncommon for us to come across used needles. I no longer feel safe letting my kids ride their bicycles around town or leaving our cars unlocked even in our own driveway. Crime has gone up as desperate drug addicts search for means to get their next fix. After several heroin related deaths, our community joined together along with churches, law enforcement, businesses and residents to help clean up our community and get it back to being the wonderful place it was before. One of the efforts has been the House of Hope which we are nominating to win a $2,000 grant from HUGGIES!

The House of Hope is a local non profit organization that was built to do exactly what it sounds like. To give hope to those who are struggling with addiction and to help them transition back into society. Many times when people get out of prison or rehab, they have no choice but to go right back into their old environment which is a recipe for disaster for an addict. The House of Hope offers a place for women to live while they get back on their feet following treatment for addiction. As a mom, I can't imagine being in this situation but I am so grateful that there is a place in my community that cares enough about the family unit that they are willing to reach out and help these women so they can get their lives back together.

Do you have an organization in your community that you would like to nominate to win one of the $2,000 grants that HUGGIES is offering? If so, simply post a selfie with your baby on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #UltraHug and nominate an organization of your choice in your post. Voting will begin on July 6th and the top 10 winners will all receive a $2,000 grant! You must submit your #UltraHug selfie before June 25th so make sure you do it now to avoid missing the deadline! You can find all of the details by clicking here!

Thank you HUGGIES for giving the House of Hope a chance to win and to help this wonderful organization continue helping women turn their lives around.

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