As it has become more expensive and bigger in recent years, the long-standing Texas tradition of exchanging mums and garters at high school homecoming has gone a bit overboard.
Mums can easily cost over $100 and the price goes up based on how large or elaborate the piece is. The mum, while an important part of Texas homecoming, is only worn for one night and then relegated to the bedroom wall of its wearer and eventually, the attic.
A few years ago, some Dallas-area teens decided there had to be a better way to spend that money. They decided to donate the money they would have spent on a mum to an organization called Youth World, which aids at-risk children. Instead of wearing a mum to homecoming, the girls wore special T-shirts to raise awareness of their project and encouraged others to join in the philanthropic movement. That’s when Mumz4Kidz was born.
Founded by Destiny Rose, a senior at Southlake Carroll High School, Mumz4Kidz challenges students to forego the mum and help feed a hungry family instead. Last year, nine participating Dallas and Fort Worth area school raised over $13,000. This year, the organization hopes to double that number.
“We want to raise $26,000 and feed 600 families this year,” Rose told Dallas’s ABC affiliate, WFAA News 8. On the Mumz4Kidz website, Rose stated, “How exciting is it to think about how this generation could be known as the Generation of Change, of Selflessness, and of Courage. An immense number of young people are questioning their duty on Earth. Maybe, just maybe, this is the first step.”
The money raised goes to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need. In 2014, Mumz4Kidz raised enough money to buy full holiday dinners for 300 families.