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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • New group offers support for local moms

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  • Jessica Taylor wanted to find a fun way for Harvey County moms to connect with other moms — she just didn't expect those connections to happen quite so quickly.
    Two weeks after making a post on Facebook, asking if there was a local support group for moms, she's started a new organization that's already drawn about 100 members. The group, called "Harvey County Moms," is hosting its first major event, a "grocery swap," this Saturday.
    "I just asked if there was a group of moms that wanted to get together, and it just took off," Taylor said. "I got a lot of positive feedback from moms who wanted to connect with other moms."
    Taylor has two children, ages 5 and 6, and she has lived in Newton for about two years. She posted on Facebook, wondering if there was a group of local moms who met for coffee, and there didn't seem to be one.
    Harvey County Moms now offers a network for those who'd like to meet for coffee or organize play dates for their children. The group is open to mothers of any age, whether their children are infants, toddlers, teens or already grown with children of their own.
    "We welcome all moms," Taylor said.
    On Saturday, the group will be hosting a "grocery swap" that is open to the community. The event is in the South Breeze Elementary lunch room (enter through the gym doors on the west side).
    Taylor said the purpose of the swap is to bring food items your family just can't seem to use up and trade those items for other groceries. Items must be unexpired and unopened. All the groceries collected will be placed on tables, and attendees will get to take turns choosing items.
    "You take home the same amount that you bring," Taylor said.
    Check-in time is 3 p.m., and the swap will begin at 3:30 p.m. Those who'd like to volunteer to help at the event should arrive by 2:30 p.m., and will receive first pick of the groceries. The event will include door prizes and giveaways, and parents are welcome to bring their children.
    For more information about Harvey County Moms, visit www.facebook.com/groups/harveycomoms or Taylor's blog, www.pinupnerd.blogspot.com.

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