"Bad Moms" group plans Christmas party for low-income, homeless families

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A group of Green Bay area moms is trying to pull off a little Christmas miracle for local families in need.

Toys for Christmas party

"We're hoping that it's going to be a great event. We're hoping that we can have a lot of fun and brighten up some people's Christmas," says Melissa Warburton, mom and organizer.

Tuesday, December 19, the moms are throwing a holiday party for kids and their parents, complete with a visit from Santa, gifts and a few surprises.

They created the holiday party to give families a little boost at Christmastime.

A big bag full of toys and gifts are only a small part of what these moms hope to give away at their "Bad Moms Do Christmas" party -- a name with a play on words from the popular movie.

"A lot of times you think about the kids at Christmas, but the adults are really important, too," Warburton says.

Warburton, Cheri Branham, Amy Jo Debraske, Shelly, Holly and several more women met through a mom's group on Facebook, and one night started talking about ways they could help families in need at Christmas.

It quickly evolved into a big event.

"We're hoping to reach some of those families that fall through the cracks," says Warburton.

"It's really hard. You're just getting a job, you're just getting your life back on track, and I know that a lot of people can benefit from it," says Branham.

The moms are targeting families who are in shelters or maybe just getting into new homes and starting new jobs but don't have quite enough to cover extra expenses.

"I've kind of experienced that, you know, like everyone in our group has probably gone through some sort of hardship," says Branham. "It just feels really good to be able to give back."

They're planning cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, mini-makeovers for moms and young girls, and a photographer to take free pictures.

But to pull this all off, especially at the last minute, they need the community's help.

"We need toys, and it can be gently used or new toys, jackets of all sizes. We need hygiene products for men and women," says Warburton.

The party is at DarJune Café in Green Bay, Tuesday, December 19, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Donations can be dropped off at DarJune anytime before that. The café is located at 1301 S. Broadway in Green Bay and is open
from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It closes at 10:00 p.m. the rest of the week. Click here to learn more about DarJune Cafe.

Click here to donate online.

The mom's group is looking for any of the following donations:
- gift cards to dollar stores, fast food restaurants or grocery stores
- diapers and wipes
- pain relievers
- hygiene products (including tampons, maxi pads, soap, shampoo)
- coloring books and markers or crayons
- toys for all ages (boys and girls)
- gifts for older kids or teens (ear buds, adult coloring books, nail polish, lotions, etc.)

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