On Mother’s Day, take time to help Mothers for Others

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

At Mothers for Others, we collect gently used clothing, toys and baby equipment and then redistribute it to needy families in Greenwich, Port Chester and Stamford.

We have helped hundreds of local families and have even sent surplus donations to people in need in the Rockaways, Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, and reservations in South Dakota. We have had hundreds of volunteers, mostly moms, teens and children. There is now a Greenwich High School chapter, and donations flood into our storage space. Local preschools and schools hold donation drives on our behalf and local businesses and organizations donate diapers, car seats and money.

No other organization in town does what we do, and because Mothers for Others is centrally located in Greenwich at Second Congregational Church, it is easy for people to drop off donations and easy for families who are receiving those items to come and pick them up.

The philosophy behind Mothers for Others resonates within the Greenwich population. Many in our community truly believe they are blessed and want to help and see their help have an impact.

The urge to help isn’t just for those who are fortunate. Last week, one of the mothers who picked up donations for her family asked if she could come back and help volunteer. Last year, a woman contacted us and asked if she could donate her double stroller because years ago, when she was struggling, someone helped her out.

Organizations throughout town also play a huge part in the organization’s success. Partnering with Family Centers Inc. and Greenwich Social Services, we are able to identify the local families that need help. Second Congregational Church provides us with space and has made substantial monetary contributions. The Junior League of Greenwich gave us a grant and their Done in a Day Committee volunteers to help set up for donation drives and distributions. The Silver Shield Association donated new infant car seats.

Mothers and their families working together to help others in their community — this is what we do at Mothers for Others.  What a perfect reason to honor those mothers this Sunday.

 

Karen Giannuzzi
Greenwich

The author is the founder of Mothers for Others.

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