Pop-Up Shop: Women’s Fund to Brighten Mother’s Day for Local Families on April 30

Published Monday, April 18, 2016 at 3:52 pm

By Shannon Cuthrell

Motherhood, while rewarding, is challenging for many moms. Balancing the several duties and stresses it takes to raise a child can be exhausting, and those challenges can be amplified for moms facing financial struggles.

This Mother’s Day, the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge plans to honor those moms through a “Pop-Up Shop” at Boone Mall. On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., moms can pamper themselves with chair massages and nail painting for free, while volunteers take their children shopping to choose a Mother’s Day gift in another section of the mall.

The participants will be referred by one of the non-profits WFBR serves, specifically the Hospitality House, OASIS, A Safe Home for Everyone and The Children’s Council.

WFBR invites women and their kids to attend together and they can seek an invitation through the Hospitality House or The Children’s Council.

WFBR Executive Director Karen Sabo said the fund’s members believe children from low-income families should still be able to give their mom a present for Mother’s Day, and their moms deserve to be recognized, too.

“Parenting is really hard work, and is often harder because of the many stresses that come with not having enough money,” she said.

Sabo said the program aims to help those children give their moms a special gift on Mother’s Day, and to give their moms a little special treatment.

If you’d like to get involved, WFBR needs volunteers to help with setting up the event on April 29 and running it the next day. Donations of new or gently used gift items for the kids to choose from — like picture frames, vases, jewelry or mugs — are welcome. Contact Sabo at the WFBR office at 828-264-4002 or info@womensfundoftheblueridge.org if you’re interested in volunteering or donating.

“If we can help families have a great day and help children experience the pleasure of giving a gift to those who care for them, we’re helping them live better lives,” Sabo said.

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