Picnic With A Purpose

Together with the fabulous ladies at TheMotherhood.com and Hebrew National, bloggers came from New Jersey, Delaware, and all over eastern Pennsylvania for Philly’s Picnic With A Purpose this past weekend.  There were games, face painting, plenty of hot dogs to nosh on (Hebrew National, of course) and all for a good cause.

Each organizer gets to choose a charity of her choice to sponsor, and we found a local organization called Home of the Sparrow that provides temporary housing for homeless women and helps them find jobs and permanent housing and get back on their feet.  There were two tables full of generous donations, and then we planted flowers to beautify their front porch.  Later in the week, we drove out to deliver them and meet the staff at Home of the Sparrow.

We had gorgeous weather; it couldn’t have been more perfect.  There wasn’t a fly or a bee in sight.  Seriously, a picnic without FLIES.  I didn’t know such a thing could happen.  (Note to self: host all future picnics in May.)

Hebrew National sent t-shirts for all the kids.  Some of the adults got in on the fun too!

Photo credit: Jo-Lynne’s faithful Blackberry (not bad, eh?)

The crafts were a hit!  Thanks to whomever suggested decorating these foam visors!!

Photo credit: Nick

Jenn and Beth worked TIRELESSLY painting faces.  Here is Mel’s little girl:

Photo credit: Mel {Box of Chocolates}

This is Jo-Lynne‘s little one:

Photo credit: Sarah {Genesis Moments}

The kids decorated these baskets for the donations we collected.

Photo credit: Sarah {Genesis Moments}

The outpouring of donations was phenomenal.

Photo credit: Sarah {Genesis Moments}

The kids gobbled those hot dogs right up!

Photo credit: Nick

Now THAT’S a hot dog.

Photo credit: Sarah {Genesis Moments}

After dinner, we planted flowers for the residents at Home of the Sparrow.

Photo credit: Mel {Box of Chocolates}

Photo credit: Nick

Before we left, we tried to gather all the bloggers together for a photo.  Unfortunately not quite everyone had a chance to jump in the picture.

Photo credit: Nick

We had SUCH a good time.  Philly has an amazing community of mom bloggers.  There are more posts at Occupation Mommy, A Box of Chocolates, Genesis Moments, Celebrate the Silver Lining, The Mommy Esquire, Incognito Mom, girlymama, Total Mom Haircut, and Musings of a Housewife.

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Jo-Lynne Shane is co-founder of Philly Social Media Moms and author of her personal fashion and lifestyle blog, Jo-Lynne Shane: My Life & Style, where she shares wearable style and beauty tips for the suburban housewife. Jo-Lynne lives in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with her family.


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