Twins club doubles down on community service
by Anne Marie Fuller
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Members of the San Joaquin Mothers of Twins Club — Brianna Hoppe  (from left), Cristal Silveira, Jennifer Snyder and Carolyn Hurlock — fill backpacks with school supplies purchased by the club to be donated to Case for Kids, a Tracy nonprofit agency that supports foster children. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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The San Joaquin Mothers of Twins Club not only provides support and friendship to mothers and families with multiples, but also strives to make a difference in the community.

The club, which started in 1982 and has 25 to 30 members, is organized under the Northern California Association of Mothers of Twins Clubs and covers all cities within San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

“When I joined the club, I didn’t know anyone else with twins,” said Jennifer Snyder, the club president and a resident of Mountain House. “Now, I have this whole family to hang out with. Our club also works to give back to those in need throughout the year.”

Each year, the San Joaquin Mothers of Twins Club chooses a way to help the community. This year, the club picked a backpack drive and paid for 24 backpacks. A dozen will be donated this school year and another dozen next year. Tuesday, members of the club met in Tracy to stuff the backpacks with pencils and pencil sharpeners, scissors, glue sticks, rulers, markers, crayons, notebooks and packs of paper. The backpacks will be given later this month to Case For Kids, a Tracy-based organization that provides supplies for foster children.

“Tonight is my first meeting,” Cyndi Stary, also of Mountain House, said. “We just moved here from Northern Kentucky, and I don’t know a soul in California. This is the perfect way to meet people with similar interests. I was part of the same kind of club in Kentucky, and it was a great way for moms to support each other.”

The club also does seasonal service. Members have supplied Easter baskets to the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter and adopted families at Christmas to provide toys, clothes and shoes for the children and a gift card for the parents. Later this year, the local twins club is planning to help out at an area soup kitchen.

“This is a great club,” Carolyn Hurlock, of Tracy, said. “I joined in 1996 when I was carrying my twins (a boy and a girl). The members of the club brought meals to me after I got out of the hospital, which was a great support for us. That hooked me, and 17 years later, I’m still part of the club. As an older member, I can give back to the newer members and be a support.”

Members meet for coffee the first Saturday of each month and attend quarterly meetings and workshops. Yearly dues are $27. For more information, visit www.sjmotc.com.

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