Mother’s Day Gift Bags Help Brighten the Holidays for Women in Shelters
Photos provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
In the month of motherhood festivities, thousands of mothers and mothers-to-be across the country will spend Mother’s Day in a domestic violence shelter.
Children staying in shelters may have little or no means to get a gift to their moms on Mother’s Day. Our Annual Helping Hands Mother’s Day Gift Bag Drive Project provides lovely assembled gift bags to give to children living in domestic violence shelters. The children in turn give the gift bags as their gift to mom on Mother’s Day.
The Project hopes to grow larger each year by inspiring other local businesses and members of the community to offer their own donated items from our Wish-List to be put into these gift bags as part of our Helping Hands Building Trees Of Hope Program.
Some moms in shelters may require additional tender loving care on Mother’s Day, especially if they are grieving a child’s death or miscarriage, have lost custody of their children or are unable to be with them for a variety of other reasons.
Mother’s Day celebrations may be emotionally triggering to these mothers, and shelter staff needs to be mindful and prepared to offer extra support and allow the time and space the survivor needs to cope with separation from or loss of her children.
Shelters do important work, but sadly, they are often underfunded and understaffed.
Painting your basement can have a major effect on how the space looks and feels. It’s astonishing what a fresh coat of paint can do when attempting to spruce up a room, and your basement no different. Unfortunately, bringing a basement to life can be somewhat more difficult than other rooms in your home.
Numerous basements are just utilized as storage areas, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to use your space as a home office, a basement gym, or a room your whole family can enjoy?
Below are some photos of a recent basement project our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services completed along with our 6 painting tips that we hope will inspire and help to make your basement a friendly and happy place.
Tip 1- Use Lighter Paint Hues
This isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Locate the places that get a lot of natural or artificial light and paint these areas with lighter colours. The whole point here is to focus on the areas that are already accepting light and keeping the lighter paint colours out of the darker regions of your basement.
Using a large number of colours can overwhelm your room. Interior designers suggest utilizing the 60-30-10 standard to shield your room from having an excessive number of colours.
60% of the room should be the dominant color.
30% should be the secondary color.
10% should be used for accents.
For this project we made it simple. 2 colours were chosen to paint this basement space. A Pearl base Whale Grey hue for the walls and Semi Gloss White Interior paint for the ceilings and trim. White window treatments were used as accents to finish off this now organized, fresh and clean space.
Tip 4- Add Extra Lighting
Light helps give the illusion that a room is bigger (and much cleaner) than the actual space. You can easily create this effect by incorporating a table or floor lamp. Track lighting or lights suspended from your ceilings can also be a simple and affordable approach to include extra lighting.
Installing recessed lighting can involve more work and more expensive as an option however, it adds a updated modern look and feel to a room.
A basic and affordable solution to expand the light in your basement space is through the use of mirrors. Mirrors help “ricochet” the light around the room and give the illusion the space is larger.
For this basement painting project, the home owner decided to keep all original light fixtures and pot lights but decided to replace existing light bulbs with Ecosmart60W Soft White LED Light Bulbs. The EcoSmart A19 8.5-Watt LED Light Bulb can be used to replace a traditional 60W incandescent A19 light bulb. This LED light bulb has an output of 800 Lumens and can last up to 10,000 hours, saving you up to $56.65 per bulb over the bulb’s life. The bulb is designed for indoor use and features an A-line shape and medium base. EcoSmart A19 bulbs are perfect for your living room, bedroom, kitchen or any place in your home where you would use a standard incandescent light bulb. These bulbs give off a lot of light and were the perfect solution to brighten up this basement.
Tip 5- Select A Glossy Finish
Because basements have a tendency to be damp, glossy finishes are an excellent paint choice and more suited to resist stains and moisture. Remember to make sure your walls are smooth and clean before you apply the paint as glossier finishes tend to show imperfects more than other paint finishes.
Tip 6- Use Concrete Paint on Concrete Walls
Using concrete paint is a little different than regular wall paint because it generally requires more paint to cover the surface. When painting concrete surfaces keep in mind that it can take over a week to finish the job however, your concrete walls will be protected with the proper finish.
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Sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made a contribution to our Helping Hands Food Drive in support of Herizon House Women’s Shelter. We collected 301 non perishable food items, 2 grocery store gift cards, 6 books and 8 toiletriesitems that were all donated to the women’s shelter. We would also like to thank everyone for adding their Helping Hand to our Tree of Hope! We look forward to doing more and giving back to help our communities in 2019!
Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.
BE SURE TO DROP BY OUR HELPING HANDS CHRISTMAS GOODIE TABLES FOR FREE SAMPLES OF OUR HOME MADE BAKED COOKIES!
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
Our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hopewill be offering a variety of baked Christmas Cookies for sale just in time for the holidays! 100% of the money raised from our tables will be donated to Herizon House.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY DONATING A HELPING HAND TO BUILD OUR TREES OF HOPE!
Everyone who purchases any of the items at our tables will also donate a Helping Hand that will be added to our second Tree of Hopewhich we hope to complete by December 31, 2016.
When people work together great things can happen!
For over a month we have been planning and organizing a charity bbq event to help raise funds and donated items benefiting Herizon House, a not for profit organization who provide free confidential services 24 hours a day and provide a place of safety, support and empowerment for abused women and their children. Herizon House is committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.
Yesterday was the day of our 2015 Helping Hands Charity BBQ for HopeEvent and although considering the possibility making the difficult decision of cancelling and rescheduling, we decided to move forward with hosting it as planned.
Despite the rain, wind and cooler than normal weather and a very well- built tarp for shelter, we are very grateful to those who volunteered, attend and donated items to make this event a huge success!
We are dedicating this blog to these individuals who have worked incredibly hard at helping us make a difference in our community. This event is just an example of how when people work together, great things can happen!
We are a dedicated team of individuals focused on continuing to find ways to make our communities better and helping those who in difficult times, need help the most.
Our nieces Olivia and Alessia who have been working so hard at helping us create and decorate a donation bin for the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program. These 2 girls did an INCREDIBLE job and we all had so much fun working together.
Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.
You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.
Please visit www.donofalltrades.caCommunity Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.