LIVINGSTON, NJ — On the first Sunday in May, moms across the country are deservedly showered with attention on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, while most moms are being treated to breakfast in bed or flower deliveries, tens of thousands of women spend their Mother’s Day living in shelters due to homelessness or domestic violence.
Heartbreaking statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center state that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. According to a national study from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, approximately 25 percent of homeless women are homeless because of violence in the home.
As a way to show love and appreciation to mothers this Mother’s Day, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Livingston recently hosted its Movers for Moms® collection drive to provide critical gifts to local women staying in community shelters this spring.
This year, the Livingston moving company worked with local businesses such as Shoprite Livingston, Schumacher Chevrolet, Cleaners Advantage, Welcome to Our Neighborhood, Regal Bank, Livingston Family Orthodontics, Joseph A Magotch, DDS, Levin Jacobs & Co, Jan Press, Rt 1 Dental, SS Nicholas Constantine and Helen Church, and American Trading International to collect essential care and comfort items. More than 3,400 donations were collected and delivered to Oasis a Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, New Jersey.
This spring marked the 12th anniversary of Movers for Moms®. Since its introduction, the program has expanded nationally to all 43 states and more than 350 franchises. Last year was the program’s most successful year to-date, with more than 366,000 items collected for donation to hundreds of shelters across the country. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s goal was to collect 400,000 items for moms in need across the country.