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Nov242011

'Scary Mommy' Blogger Raises More Than $20,000 for Families

George Doyle/Stockbyte(BALTIMORE) -- Jill Smokler, the Maryland mom of three behind the popular “Scary Mommy” blog and parenting web site, asked her readers earlier this month to offer $25 donations that could be used to buy grocery store gift cards for readers who said they couldn’t afford to buy food for Thanksgiving.  

Her goal was to match two donors to each person who’d asked for assistance on her site.

She’s since raised more than $20,000 — enough to help 412 families. Those hundreds of families include the Schroeders of Warren, Mich.

Sarah Schroeder works to help the homeless while her husband stays home with their kids. Their daughter’s illness left them with $50,000 and Sarah would secretly pour her heart out on Smokler’s site.

“Just because you had to make hot dogs for dinner ’cause they’re 48 cents a pack does not make you a bad mom,” Schroeder said.

Donors to Smokler’s cause have remained largely anonymous, but Smokler introduced Good Morning America to a few of them by Skype.

“The thought of another mother not being able to provide for her kids just breaks my heart,” one donor told ABC News.

Smokler said her experience has taught her that hunger is “everywhere.”

“It’s not just a statistic that we read about in the paper. It’s real moms, who we may not, you know, recognize on the surface are struggling,” she said.

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