MOPS give gifts of hope
By 530News Staff
A group of Great Bend moms recently delivered gifts designed to be re-gifted: Hand-decorated plates filled with treats.
Members of the Mothers of Preschoolers organization, or MOPS, recently hand-painted designs on white dinner plates, loaded the plates with cookies and sent them into the community. Recipients were instructed to enjoy, refill, and pass it on.
Decorated with sayings of hope and wellbeing, these Giving Plates were sent to friends and family members with the thought that a simple gift can bring smiles to many faces if it continues to circulate.
“We just want to share a gift of love with other people and show that we can be compassionate and bring joy to people within the community,” MOPS member Andrea Bauer said. “We wanted to show that people still care for each other through these acts of kindness. …
“We believe that giving ‘just-because’ hugs can change the course of history.”
Painting the plates was a MOPS craft night project, one of the monthly activities that brings young mothers together for friendship.
“These plates are not owned by anyone in particular,” Bauer said. “The idea is that they will be handed down to many as people as possible to spread the hope and to show that we care for each other and give encouragement to other people.
“Just by being kind to other people is another way of spreading this hope, and this helps and supports our community. It is really hard to guess what some small act of kindness can mean to someone.
“It was a very nice idea, and I thought, ‘this is a great way to show kindness to other people,’’
Coming at the right time can mean the difference between a good day or a bad day, and this is what we are hoping to do.”
One plate was given as a door prize at a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee, where it was won by Great Bend Tribune reporter Veronica Coons. She shared the first batch of cookies with her coworkers.
“It was a very nice idea, and I thought, ‘this is a great way to show kindness to other people,’” Coons said.
“Everybody loves cookies, and what faster, better way to make a friend than to share a plate of cookies?”
Neighborhood MOPS groups connect moms to a global community of women, who meet to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood, Bauer said.
MOPS meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at First United Methodist Church, located at 2123 Forest Ave.
A MOPS meeting includes practical teaching through speakers, demonstrations and videos. Plus, there’s dinner — dinner that the busy moms didn’t make! But more important, they get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood.
Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to share a meal. Our MOPS Meeting & MOPPETS (childcare for kids up to 3 years old, or Kids Klub for ages 3 years through 6th grade) begins at 6 p.m. MOPS GBFUMC is open to all women in the Great Bend area. First United Methodist Church is the host location but the group is nondenominational. Learn more online at www.mops.org/groups/gbfumc
The members of MOPS are excited to find out where their plates have made it to and who might have received them. People who have received plates and have stories to share can contact First United Methodist Church by calling 620-792-2148.