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Normal Moments Inc

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Causes: Family Services, Human Services

Target demographics: families with medically complex/critically ill children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 250 families.

Geographic areas served: the greater Chicagoland Area

Programs: housecleaning, lawn care, snow removal, Adopt-a-Family for Christmas, holiday meals, and more.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Teresa Solis P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the parent of a child with significant special needs, my time is devoted to his care. My other responsibilities often fall by the wayside. Normal Moments made life more bearable for me and my family through the assistance that they offer. We had help with keeping up with the housework, the yard, and made our holidays extra special.

1 Rebecca R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The founder of Normal Moments reached out to me when my 14 year old was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis and we needed to travel to Mayo Clinic for two weeks of testing and care planning, while leaving my other teen home. Her compassion, energy, and generosity were amazing. This is an amazing charity that fills a real need.

Meg Thomas K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally donated and know that 100% of my donation goes to help seriously ill children and their families. I have interacted with some of the families who are so incredibly grateful for this wonderful organization. I have also had physician friends recommend this organization to patients and families and they have had only positive things to say.

Andy D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I don’t know of another non-profit organization in existence that does as much with the resources it has available as Normal Moments. NM is totally and completely dedicated to helping as many critically ill children and their families enhance their quality of life by providing all sorts of support that helps families focus on each other in challenging times. I am confident that there isn’t another non-profit out there in which a donor’s dollar goes further to directly impact the lives of those that the organization cares for. I’m proud to continue to support this amazing organization that does so much for the children and families it supports.

Alison Varey N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Normal moments has helped our family so much! I can't thank Tricia and all the volunteers enough. I'm not aware of any other charity in our area that does the type of work Normal Moments does. Our family relies on the help we receive to just have "moments of normalcy". Our son Charlie was born 8 weeks early with several congenital conditions. He's needed 6 surgeries so far, the first was at 6 weeks old and he only weighed 4 lbs at the time. His second was major heart surgery at 4 months old and only 9 lbs. He was gtube fed and needed life saving medicine daily. He is doing much better now, eating table food, he learned to walk and is starting to talk. These were all things that doctors were uncertain he would be able to do. He still has a long road ahead and is followed by 11 specialists and goes to 5 therapy sessions a week but he his happy and doing great. He knows shapes and his abc's, he LOVES dinosaurs and gives the best hugs! Tricia and the volunteers have helped us through in so many ways. We are lucky enough to have someone come out and clean our home 1x a month, this has been such a huge help b/c as a mother of a child with complex medical conditions you often feel like there is not enough hours in the day and tackling a messy house can't always be a top priority. On the flip side, to have our house clean makes it easier to tackle other tasks with a clear mind. Sleeping in clean sheet helps to provide the rest we all need. We bought a "fixer upper" home when I was 3 month pregnant with Charlie. With the unforeseen medical complications our home went by the wayside and Tricia was able to get a group of volunteers to come to our house and help us weed and spread mulch. Our home was a bit of an embarrassment prior but looks much better now because of their help. It literally would have taken my husband and I all summer to do the amount of work that was accomplished in one day. It was the jump start we needed to continue making improvements. These are the types of things that get overlooked often times by friends and other family members but are so desperately needed by families dealing with these issues day in and day out. Our stress level has been dramatically reduced and allows us to enjoy family time. We are eternally grateful for the services Normal Moments continues to provide for our family!

Photo taken at Lurie Children's before a neurosurgery check up.

Georgia C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked with normal moments several times! They are a wonderful organization who just want to help those in need.

Leslie G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended the football frenzy fundraiser for a couple of years now and am amazed by the love and support this organization has. What a wonderful concept and it works

Tommi S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was recipients of Normal Moments services!
The impact it made was unreal, I was able to focus on my sick daughter instead of mundane household tasks. I will always be appreciative of Normal Moments!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Normal Moments is an incredible organization that provides much needed services to families with critically ill and medically complex children. It is run by one of the most generous souls I know. I can't think of a better nonprofit to support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Normal Moments is an excellent organization that helps families with special needs children. My company Crystal Klear Cleaning works with the families assigned to us by Patricia Fragan to provide cleaning services. I would recommend everyone to participate in helping make this organization service more families and build a solid community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege to serve as a "David" to a couple families in need in my area. This organization's mission and effect are truly life changing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Normal moments has helped our family tremendously over the past two years. The biggest help is with the holiday meals they provide! It takes a long time to prepare those meals and with their help that is one less stressor our family has! Thank you normal moments!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with normal moments has been one of the best experiences of my life. Knowing that I am providing assistance to parents to ensure they get to spend more time wth their children is a gift for everyone involved. And that is exactly what I do I help provide normal moments to families in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Normal Moments has been here for us even when our own family has not! They send a house cleaner every month to help us keep up with our housework (our 4 kiddos are frequently in the hospital/at dr appts for brain tumor, Trisomy 18, CHD, EOE, spine fractures, etc). Normal Moments has also given us holiday meals (Thanksgiving and Christmas), and connected us with an amazing family that gave our kiddos Christmas gifts! I highly recommend Normal Moments to every challenged family I meet!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. As a cancer survivor myself, I know how invaluble a little (or alot) of help can be.

1 Radka L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was fighting Leukemia the second time, she was contacted by Normal moment about fulfilling her Christmas wish. My daughter was volunteering at Homeless shelter before she got sick and she knew what her wish will be. She asked for warm sweatshirts and socks for everybody at the shelter. Normal moments did amazing job and Daniela's best friend ( bc Daniela was in hospital and couldn't go ) delivered all the warm clothes to the Homeless shelter on Christmas Day. Thank you Normal Moments for putting smile on my daughter's face and helping others during very difficult times.

1 Dorothy11

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Amber had brain cancer and Normal Moments helped our family that is absolutely unimaginable! Without their help we would have endured many more hardships!!

1 Jen_39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am writing this review because I have heard about the generous amount of help you provided Amber Moosvi and her family as she fought brain cancer. I heard about this group through a post on Team Amber's Facebook page. I think it's wonderful what you do to help families in need of support during difficult times in their lives. Thank you for helping Amber's family. They went through a lot, but were able to stay strong throughout Amber's battle with brain cancer. Especially Amber as she stayed strong and kept that beautiful smile on her face until she passed away. She's probably smiling down on all of us from heaven. Please keep up the great work you are doing. It doesn't go unnoticed and it's greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been watching their posts for a while and I kinda know the lady that produces most of them. She is awesome and so is this cause. I live a ways away but it won't stop my support for what she is doing. It just takes a moment and lives are changed....good or bad. But Normal Moments makes things things a lot better for those that need it. Bless you Pat.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Normal Moments makes HUGE impacts for so many families- it's amazing how wide of an impact they have.