A few years ago, we were organizing Christmas hampers for families in need, and I will never forget the response from one little 8-year-old boy. When the Principle asked him what he’d like on his Christmas wish list he replied with “A sandwich”.
That was a powerful moment. I realized that behind so many doors there are children who go hungry every single day and parents who stay up at night wondering how they are going to feed their family. I also realized that we need to talk about this more and bring awareness to this sad reality that so many are faced with.
After getting to know several Principles and school counsellors over the years, we learned that many kids lean on them for breakfast and for lunch. There are Programs and resources in place for these kids at school but what about when school isn’t in session? Therefore, we are very excited to announce our 2021 Summer Campaign.
Last week, I spoke with two different Principles, both from low-income pockets of the city, and I was shocked at the numbers they gave me. Out of 500 students, 40% could desperately use some support over the summer. So, here we begin our mission. If you would like to be a part of this campaign and support a family for July and August, all you have to do is go to our website www.mamasformamas.org and click on donate-summer campaign. You can decide the size of family that you would like to support. For example, it ranges from $200 for a family of two to $1000 for a family of ten (for one month). Once we have all the donations in, we will purchase gift cards to both Superstore and Walmart and deliver them to the Principle of each school so they can gift to the chosen families before summer break begins.
This past year has been extremely challenging for so many people. We have seen hard working, smart individuals get laid off and unable to find more work. We’ve seen mamas escape an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with their children. We’ve seen families at BC Children’s Hospital that now reside here, away from their life somewhere else in BC, because their child is undergoing chemotherapy for the next year. We’ve heard stories that have brought us to our knees, but that have made us even more motivated and determined to help. We are in a mental health crisis and it’s time to take action. Please join us in this mission to feed little mouths and bring peaceful nights to the parents.