Mother’s Day is just one of the many days where you should make your mom feel special.
Nancy Wiskel is leading a campaign which seeks to make sure that mothers in a Hamilton women’s shelter feel special too. She is coordinating with Nancy Bryan, of women’s clothing boutique Milli Ltd. to bring shoe boxes full of small luxury items to abused moms at Martha’s House- a small, downtown shelter purposed with caring for mothers and children escaping domestic violence.
Anyone can participate in the campaign by filling a shoe box with things like makeup, candy and gift cards (see a full item list below), anything that a mother wouldn’t normally have the means to buy for herself. It is important, though, to avoid including items that contain nuts; make sure that any food items in your shoe box are nut-free.
Filled boxes can be brought to Milli, where they will be collected and brought to Martha’s House for Mother’s Day. The store is located at 310 Main Street West, at Pearl Street South; boxes can be dropped between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. All shoe boxes must be dropped off by Monday, May 5th.
The organizers of the campaign see it as a great way to honour mothers who still work hard and deserve recognition but likely won’t be receiving gifts this year. A small gesture can make a huge difference; it shows abused mothers that somebody out there cares for them.
Last year, the Shoebox Project distributed more than 2,700 boxes across Canada.
Here is a list of suggested items:
– Body or hand lotions
– Makeup (mascara, lipstick, nail polish. etc. Please NO concealer or foundation)
– Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
– Chocolates, cookies, candies
– Mitts, hats, scarves
– Brushes, combs
– Public transportation tickets/ phone cards
– Gift cards (ie. McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, Pharmacies, Wal-Mart) (Please include the receipt)
For more information visit The Shoebox Project Facebook page.