WAUKEGAN -- DAILY HERALD - Some lucky Twice As Nice Mother & Child clients are enjoying that luxurious, soft, new-socks feeling courtesy of a significant donation from Bombas.
Twice As Nice, a nonprofit based in Waukegan, helps families in crisis with basic needs such as diapers, wipes, infant formula and, typically, gently used clothing. After learning about New York City-based Bombas' giving program, TANMC Executive Director Ann Marie Mathis completed an online application. And this June, four cases of brand new, small and extra small anklets and crews arrived.
Mathis and TANMC volunteers are distributing the socks at mobile diaper pantry sessions in Highwood, Gurnee and Waukegan until all 1,000 pairs are in the hands of the grateful parents the organization serves.
"For those with tight budgets, new socks aren't a chief priority," Mathis said. "When we started handing them out in Highwood on June 14, people were just ecstatic.
"Bombas works with organizations that serve the homeless and other at-risk communities," Mathis continued. "The company was founded on the idea of donating a pair of socks for every pair they sold. To date, Bombas has donated over 10 million pairs. That is fantastic and we are so thankful to receive a donation from them."
TANMC operates mobile diaper pantries from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. first Wednesdays at Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 O'Plaine Road, Gurnee; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. third Wednesdays at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, 3106 Belvidere Road, Waukegan; and 4 to 5:30 p.m. second and fourth Fridays at the Highwood Recreation Center at 432 Green Bay Road.
Registration information and other details are available at twiceasnicemc.org, where those who would like to help the nonprofit also can find a donation portal.
TANMC is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network and recently distributed its millionth diaper. The organization assists roughly 500 children monthly, and hosts its largest fundraising event of the year -- Bottoms Up for Babies -- Sept. 27 at The Shanty Restaurant in Wadsworth. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com and at twiceasnicemc.org. All proceeds from Bottom Up for Babies will support diaper distribution programs.
For other information, call TANMC at 224-637-1644 or visit twiceasnicemc.org.