On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers, the woman like no other. She gave us life, nurtured us, taught us, dressed us, fought for us, held us, shouted at us, kissed us, but most importantly loved us unconditionally.
There are not enough words we can say to describe how important our mothers are to us, and what a powerful influence she continues to be to us…
In the middle of all the celebrations, it’s important to remember that so many mothers will spend this special day experiencing abuse or taking refuge in shelters. On any given night in Canada, 3,491 women and their 2,724 children are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 300 women and their children are turned away because the shelters are full.
Violence against mothers impacts children too. The effects are persistent and far- reaching. Children who witness domestic abuse can experience learning challenges as well as behavioral and mental health issues that can extend long into adulthood. Studies show that these children can be more likely to repeat the cycle, growing up to become victims or abusers themselves.
This Mother’s Day, we can reconnect our love for our moms and our respect for all women by joining or replicating a program initiated by the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services of Durham Region. Our team runs “The Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project” a program that we created that turns donations into supports for women in abusive relationships through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House Women’s Shelter.
We felt that there was no better day this year to celebrate our moms by recognizing the value of all women and making a big difference for a victim of domestic violence.
Mother’s Day Gifts Brighten Holiday For Women In Shelters!
We reached out to the community once again for their support and asked for their assistance to help us celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 14, 2017 by donating items along with our own to put together in special gift bags that would be donated to the women at Herizon House Women’s Shelter.
Angels Who Gave From Their Heart
A total of 11 Mother’s Day Gift Bags would be donated with the help of some wonderful angels who gave from their heart. Special items that were donated to add to these very special and meaningful gift bags ranged from journals, adult coloring books, pencil crayons, chocolates, mini manicure sets, Loofah, Timmy’s Cards, wrap, bows, gift bags, hand creams, jewelry, bath salts, body care products, hand soaps, candles and coffee.
Our collection deadline started April 3-May 7, 2017. All gift bags were donated on Wednesday 10, just in time for Mother’s Day.
We would also like to mention that everyone who made a contribution also added a new Helping Hand to our Third Tree Of Hope which we wish to complete by December 2017!
Mother’s Day Gifts Brighten Holiday For Women In Shelters Video
Special Thank You to the following who donated:
Katrina Anne Dafoe-Independent Jamberry
Carmela D’Alessandro-Grabbing Crowns
Pam Little-Pam Little Accounting
Don D’Orazio-Don of all Trades Professional Home
Jacquelynn Joan Tanner-Sutton Group-Heritage
Realty Inc., Brokerage
Yolanda D’Orazio-Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope
Michelle Medeiros-House Dreamer
Stephanie Atwood-Tranquility Matters
Sandra Howlett-Apple Melon Designs
Rhonda Lee Axhorn-Island Heritage Reality Inc.,
Also A Very Special Thank You To Our Friends: