LoudMommy hosting 12 iPads Campaign

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

LoudMommy has set out on a new mission for the end of the year and this holiday season.

LoudMommy was created to provide support for the amazing mother advocates who are voices for their autistic, apraxic and/or nonverbal children.

One way they provide support is by raising money for families in need with a nonverbal child and purchasing iPads, thus giving hope where there was none and a voice where there was silence.

The goal is to give the gift of voice this Christmas. Starting Dec. 3, they want to ship out one iPad a day to 12 families that have a non-verbal child and would otherwise not be able to purchase this tool on their own.

After already giving out 13 iPads complete with applications for communication this year, gifting this additional 12 would bring LoudMommy’s total to 25.

The group is reaching out to 12 families in 12 different states, including a child in Chillicothe.

LoudMommy was founded by Tara Oathout after seeing her son struggle with autism and apraxia, causing him to be non-verbal.

After generous donations from family, friends and even complete strangers, Oathout was able to purchase an iPad with communication applications that has allowed her son to communicate with her.

This December will mark a year since her son received his iPad and they would like to end the year with a meaningful fundraiser.

Saturday is LoudMommy’s last fundraiser of the season: a Craft Fair at Shore Acres from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Families with special needs children donated homemade Christmas ornaments and for every 100 sold, it equals one iPad for a child in need.

More than 20 vendors will be joining them and a percentage of their proceeds will be going to LoudMommy.

Christmas music, food and raffles, including a three-day, two-night stay at your choice of more than 20 locations, will go throughout the day.

Santa will also be available for pictures from 1-3 p.m.

LoudMommy has to raise $6,000 to make dreams comes true this Christmas.