The MOMS Club International Ahwatukee North has been gathering supplies privately for the Kyrene Foundation for three months and will celebrate the end of its efforts by opening up their project to the public in a fun way.

The club will host a community picnic and movie night this Friday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. and will be family-friendly.

The moms group collected hygiene supplies in September, clothing in October, and will now collect food and funds for November with a canned food drive and bake sale at the community picnic, said Alisha Rachkoskie, president of Ahwatukee North and the event coordinator.

Friday's event is free with a suggested donation of a canned food item.

The Kyrene Foundation helps families in the Kyrene School District by providing scholarships for students who are unable to afford the cost of playing sports, helping new teachers buy enough supplies for classrooms and honoring current and retiring teachers.

"We wanted to be able to give back and let people know we're here," Rachkoskie said. "There are five MOMS clubs in Ahwatukee alone, but there are still so many people out there who don't know about us."

The International MOMS Clubs offer support for at-home mothers by providing an escape from the home. They provide meetings and inexpensive play dates to help moms keep kids happy and give mothers the extra support they need.

At least three of the MOMS Clubs in Ahwatukee will be attending the community picnic, Rachkoskie said.

"It will be a great opportunity to get people to spend time with their families at little to no cost," Rachkoskie said about the picnic. "It'll be outdoors in the fresh air. We really just want to invite the community out to bring food, eat together and have fun."

For more information on the Kyrene Foundation, visit www.kyrenefoundation.org. For more information on International MOMS Clubs, visit www.momsclub.org.

Allison Hurtado is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a junior at Arizona State University.

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