December 3, 2016

Monkey Do Project | Feeding and Helping the People of Appalachia


When Jacqueline Wilson, Founder of Monkey Do Project, considered the name of her non profit organization, she wanted the project to inspire others to DO SOMETHING. She wasn’t satisfied pointing out the needs in Appalachia; she longed to spur fellow citizens to take action. She wanted this non-profit to inspire others to help Appalachian families. When “Monkey See, Monkey Do” came to mind, Jacqueline found what she was seeking. She kept the action portion of the slogan (“do”) and soon built The Monkey Do Project.

Matthew West’s Do Something would make a fitting Monkey Do theme song:

Following its inception in April of 2012, Monkey Do Project has supplied aid to countless families and community members. As of December, 2016, 5,893 pounds of food have been donated, 6,200 school backpacks have been filled and distributed, 900 bags of weekend food have been provided to children living at or below the poverty line, and 257 ‘new mom’ bags have been given to moms in need. I recently asked Jacqueline Wilson to fill me in on the latest news from Monkey Do. Here is what Jackie shared on December 3, 2016:

We are leaving tomorrow to deliver backpacks filled with goodies to West Virginia children. A couple of weeks ago we had an event where people came in and decorated the backpacks. We’ll attend an event where Santa will hand out the bags filled with things like books, balls, puppets, toothbrush packs and some fun and healthy snacks. While in West Virginia, we will be visiting some of the areas and people devastated by the flood back in June. People and businesses lost everything and have not recovered. We’ll be handing out blessing bags with snacks and hand warmers and we’re also delivering new coats, hats, scarves and sweatshirts.

We are also in the VERY EARLY stages of making connections in Tennessee so that we can assist families who were devastated by the fires there. As always, donations are greatly needed. We are a small, all-volunteer organization that rarely gets help from corporate sponsors.

Here are some facts we posted recently:

  • Well over 90% of your donations go directly to helping the people of Appalachia. We have board members and others that help cover overhead costs so that we can give almost all of your donations directly back to helping people.
  • We fill a need when things fall between the cracks of big corporate donations and government funds. Here’s one example: We work with a food bank that was empty, but they had a “locked” room full of food. That food was funded by the government and could only be used under very specific circumstances. We helped regularly fill the food bank with “no strings attached” food so they could serve the community in need without waiting for a catastrophe.
  • Although we are small, we make a big impact — including almost 6,000 pounds of food and 6,200 filled backpacks for school kids so far (just to name a few things).

Take action: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Monkey Do. When you donate to Monkey Do Project, your gift impacts the poorest areas of America–the most distressed regions of Appalachia. These areas can have a poverty rate 150% higher than the rest of the United States. Thank you in advance for considering an end-of-year tax deductible donation.


Written by Shara Weiss, owner of Mommy Perks


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