Mother’s Day should be a joyous occasion for mothers and their families. Unfortunately for some women, that’s not always the case. Two Men and a Truck is working to change that with a program called Movers for Moms ― a collection of creature comfort items and essential needs items that will be delivered to women living in and served by women’s shelters all over the United States in time for Mother’s Day. “This is the first year that all US franchises are participating,” said Sherry Campbell, marketing coordinator for the Two Men and a Truck Lansing franchise. “We have about 261 franchises in 37 states. We are expecting to collect over 250,000 items this year that will be delivered to over 100 shelters across the country.” This is the seventh year for the Two Men and a Truck Movers for Moms program, which was started right here in the Lansing area, thanks to a long tradition of community giving. “Our company was founded by a woman right here in Okemos, Mary Ellen Sheets, who has always had this core value of giving back to the community,” said Campbell. “The first year she was in business she took her profits of $1,000 and divided that among 10 local charitable groups and gave them each $100.” Two Men and a Truck has women in key leadership across the company, and some of their most successful franchisees are women, so the idea for Movers for Moms came naturally. “Last year we collected over 10,000 items for five area women’s and family shelters — City Rescue Mission of Lansing, C.A.R.E., SIREN/Eaton Shelter, The SafeCenter and Haven House. Our goal for 2014 is to collect 15,000 items for the five shelters,” said Campbell. The City Rescue Mission has been a recipient of Movers for Moms since the beginning. In 2013, they provided food, shelter and hope to nearly 500 moms and children. “We have a guest staying at the shelter that when she came she had one pair of shoes with a hole in the top of one shoe. A staff person told her to pray about this and ask God to provide for this need. A week or so later staff found a pair of size five running shoes that fit her perfectly. Needs like this are met through the generosity of people in this community and programs like Movers for Moms,” said Tiffany Wilkinson, Director of Women and Children’s Ministries at the City Rescue Mission. The 2014 Movers for Moms collection drive will begin March 31 and run through May 2. Suggested donations include any and all creature comfort items that moms enjoy: soaps, body lotions, soft pillows, slippers, etc. Essential items such as baby diapers and formula, toiletries and even gas cards are also welcome. Donations can be dropped off at any Capital Area District Library branch or at Two Men and a Truck. For more information, visit https://tmtlansing.tmtsites.com/moversformoms.