Giving back to single moms
Before I was pregnant, I didn’t give too much thought to single moms but all of that changed when I gave birth to my son, Liam. He was born on April 2nd into a double income family with a wide network of loved ones. Even with this level of support, the first couple weeks of parenthood were challenging as we navigated the ups and downs of life with a newborn.
I leaned on my husband and my family during this time, especially the first few days when my body was recovering and healing. It was then that I started asking myself repeatedly, ‘how do single moms do it?!’ Here I am two months into motherhood and I still can’t answer that question because I need all of the love, help and support I can get!
As a new mom, I wanted to do something special for members of the YWCA’s Single Mothers Support Groups for Mother's Day – to make single moms across Metro Vancouver feel loved. I joined forces with my friends Sarah D’Arcey and Jen Murtagh and together we created 65 gift bags for single moms this Mother’s Day.
The gift bags went to single moms who face financial, personal and social challenges. They are part of the YWCA Single Mothers Support Group because they are motivated to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
And here’s something that won’t surprise you: they rarely do anything for themselves, which means these gift bags and the thoughtfulness and generosity behind them meant a lot.
Thanks to the outpouring of support from donors we were able to fill the bags with luxury items that these mothers would rarely, if ever, buy for themselves. Thank you to all of the people and companies who stepped up to make mother’s day brighter for these deserving moms!
It takes a village to raise a child – I now know this to be true – and we want these moms to know that we are part of their village.
If you want to help single mothers in Metro Vancouver, consider donating to the YWCA Metro Vancouver.
Jessica Gares is Senior Communications Officer at BCLC. In 2016, she co-founded AIM (Acts of Kindness, Inspire, Mentor), a women’s group to support the development and promotion of women in the organization.
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