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If you’ve followed our journey at all in the last few years, you know we have a heart for single moms. Behind every single mom is a story, and Unruh loves hearing to those stories and helping. Below, we will give an in-depth look at the three-step process – from wooden table to women empowered – and how you can get involved. Before we do, take a look at a few of their stories.
Meet Kim: Foster Mom + Teacher
“Day in and day out Kim pours her heart out caring for elementary school kids then comes home and does the same with her very own. Kim was nominated by her daughter who has seen her work tirelessly through the years to love everyone around her. Whether it was her own kids, her school kids, or kids she has given a home to in foster care, Kim has consistently been there for others.”
Meet Renee: Single Mother of 14
“Before Derek and Renee even got married they knew they shared a passion for adoption. After their first son was diagnosed with Spina Bifida they were thrust into the world of special needs. They found so much joy and learned a lot with the 2.5 years they spent with him. Later Renee would give birth to two amazing daughters and adopt 12 more kids from around the world, but a tragic accident left Renee without Derek. Her love for these kids, her community, and her faith has kept her strong and we are so honored to give them a table.”
Watching those videos tells us something important: a wooden table is more than just a place to eat. High-quality, handcrafted furniture allows families to gather and friends to connect. For single moms, both of those qualities are vital – gathering of their children and loved ones, as well as connecting with them in the process. In an increasingly digital world, Unruh is grateful to set the stage for so many relationships to grow.
This was, and is, our staple offering for single moms. We receive nominations through our website for a single mom in need, and narrow the finalists down to three every month. Our company then takes a vote on the final three and that’s how we select a winner. It’s a hard process because there are so many deserving Moms out there. But no matter the winner, they are certainly deserving of a handcrafted wooden table – like our Ward round dining table – from Unruh. And as long as Unruh is around, we plan on delivering to as many doors as we can. You can share your story today of someone who is deserving of this gift.
This is where the Unruh “Mom Fund” comes into play. After we gave a few tables away we realized something: most single Moms had additional needs we could help as well. Therefore, we brainstormed a simple way to help keep the connection going. Unruh Mom Shirts are incredibly comfortable and look great. But when you purchase a shirt, you’re giving directly to those daily single Mom needs: groceries, a utility bill, new washing machine, winter clothes for kids and so on. We make the shirts in-house which gives us the opportunity to keep production cost done (at $9) so that when you pay $36 (shipping and tax included) for a t-shirt, there’s plenty of margin that goes directly toward a single Mom in need. (Note: We don’t put any Mom Fund money toward building the the giveaway table. The Mom Fund is purely for additional needs).
Do you have a single Mom in mind to nominate? We would love if you took a minute to share her story. Sharing the stories of others and getting them down on paper is a powerful process. You can do this today for someone who may need a boost (especially come holiday season). Simply go to our Mom Fund page and nominate today. In addition, we encourage you to share this post on Facebook or Twitter – you never know who it might reach, and whose life might change as a result.
And if you want to skip the nomination process and buy a single Mom in our database a wooden table, please let us know. Together, we can select the right wooden table and give someone a gift this holiday season they’ll never forget. (And if you’re feeling super generous, look at our selection of beds to choose from as well!).
Lastly, you can buy a Mom Fund t-shirt today from our website! Again, all the money earned from each shirt goes directly to helping these Moms we’ve come to know and love. And when you’re wearing your “KC” or “TX” shirt around town and someone asks about the shirt (or why it’s so soft), tell them you bought it for a greater purpose.
Tell them Unruh is on a mission to convey stories and support single Moms everywhere.