The Third Annual Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project



The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project gives these mothers and their families an evening of food, love and warmth, without the stress and worry they battle the rest of the year.

Innocently born out of a blog post in 2011, and now an official 501(c)3 non-profit, the project has helped over 4,500 families to date celebrate a Thanksgiving they wouldn’t otherwise have had. Read the testimonials, see yourself in these faces and ask: How can you not want to make a difference?


Due to the generosity of people like you, we have been able to fulfill 2,765 Thanksgiving requests this year – that’s each and every applicant! Words of thanks from Thanksgiving Project recipients can be found here. Thank you for helping us help them.

We’ll see you next year!


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  1. lesbomom says

    This is so awesome, Jill. I am so proud to call you my friend, my boss, and the founder of the community that I belong to. I know that this ScaryMommy community can and will be able to move mountains. We will be doing our part to send whatever change and monies we can SMN’s way.

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  2. Jenna says

    I love this program so much. Was a recipient the first year, and now, for the second time I’ll be able to give. Thank you for continuing this; I’m sure it’s a massive amount of work, but it’s so very good. And we need more good in the world. :)

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  3. says

    I know firsthand how much a program like this can change a mom’s life. When I was newly separated and my ex was out of work and unable to pay child support and we were waiting for our application for food stamps to be approved a family brought me a $50 gift card to the grocery store two days before Thanksgiving. It meant the world to me.

    I will gladly share and give what I can, Jill.

    Gotta pay it forward. xo

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  4. says

    I've been on the receiving end of such projects before…now I'm in a better place, and able to give back. But I get teary thinking about the sleepless nights I spent wondering how I would make the utility payment, let alone the holidays happen. There is no shame…and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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  5. CT says

    We’ve received a meal for Christmas from our church last year. Actually, we received A LOT more than just dinner, which was awesome. Thank you for doing this as we’ll now be able to help someone else. Paying it forward always feels wonderful.

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