Weekly Feature

2015-04-02 / Editorials

Campaign honors mothers, helps homeless

While Mother’s Day is celebrated in May, it’s never too early to start thinking of ways to honor and recognize the special women in our lives.

Whether it’s a gift, a bouquet of flowers, a card or a kind gesture, people go out of their way on Mother’s Day to show their love and appreciation for the efforts and sacrifices their mothers have made. This year, residents can take the opportunity to appreciate their mothers while at the same time helping those in need.

Family Promise of Western New York is launching its first Mother’s Day Campaign, beginning Monday, April 6. Members of the organization came up with the campaign as a way to recognize all mothers in the community. As part of the campaign, Family Promise is seeking donations from residents to help recognize the homeless mothers Family Promise serves. In return for a small donation, people can have cards sent from Family Promise to a person of their choice for Mother’s Day. The card’s recipient will also be notified that a donation in her name has been made to the campaign.

Businesses, organizations and congregations are also helping out by selling artistic prints of homeless mothers and their children to help raise funds. Donations will help provide gift bags for the homeless women.

Additionally, proceeds will go toward “Moth- er’s Day Experience.” Family Promise is planning a nice gesture to pamper the women who use its services. Just a small contribution to the campaign can help make someone’s Mother’s Day that much more meaningful.

“They can pay tribute to a mother or a special woman in their life and also help a homeless person at the same time. That’s really the benefit of this campaign,” said Charlie LeFevre, executive director of Family Promise of WNY. Last year, there were 991 homeless families headed by single mothers in Western New York, according to LeFevre. He said 13 of the homeless families the organization serves are headed by single mothers.

While the campaign is focused on honoring mothers on their special day, donations will also help Family Promise continue to provide services and advocate for the homeless.

Through the organization, homeless people can find housing and employment, and have access to meals throughout the day as well as computer resources and education services. Family Promise also offers case management services and kitchen and laundry facilities.

For more information or to donate, call Family Promise at 771-3007, email tracy@tracydiina.com or visit www.fpwny.org.

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