DES MOINES, Iowa — A local moving company is teaming up to make sure survivors of domestic violence are remembered this Mother’s Day.
“Sometimes when you flee an abusive relationship you are literally leaving with nothing other than the clothes on your back and you may have the children with you and it’s a huge leap of faith to leave that abusive relationship and to move into a community where you have nothing,” said Catherine Reaman-Gerdes with Children and Families of Iowa.
Children and Families of Iowa provides emergency shelters and services to women fleeing abusive relationships and helps provide the basic necessities to get them back on their feet.
“We have a tremendously generous community and it’s a wonderful way for our community to show they care about survivors of domestic violence,” Reaman-Gerdes said.
To lend a hand, Two Men and a Truck stepped up to rally donations for the shelter.
The company set-up donation boxes at Fareway and CVS locations across the metro.
“In each store we have a collection box and in the box they can pick up a listing of all the items that they’ll be needing for the collection such as shampoo, soap, cream rinse, basic needs, toothbrushes, toothpaste all the items they can purchase throughout the store and on their way out drop them in the collection boxes,” said Lori Taschner with Two Men and a Truck.
Care packages will be put together and handed out just in time for Mother’s Day.
Reaman-Gerdes says although it’s just basic care items to many survivors it’s a way to let them know someone cares.
“It gives them that little extra support that they need to feel like they can move through this process and to feel like it`s going to be okay in the end, I’m making a good choice for myself and my family and a way to help them feel valued.”
The ‘Movers for Moms’ program has donation boxes set up at all Fareway and CVS locations throughout the metro.
Personal care items as well as blankets, sheets and towels will be accepted.
The boxes will stay up through May 11.
If you are in a domestic violence situation and need help Children and Families of Iowa has a 24-hour hotline with resources for help at 1-800-942-0333.