The program provides a way for people in the community to help moms in need by donating essential items.
“We hope being a collection partner in the Movers for Moms program can help make Mother’s Day special for moms in need,” said Janelle Iaccino, of Franklin Pest Control. “Our hearts go out to them and hope their day can be special under any circumstances.”
Franklin Pest Solutions is providing drop-off sites for Indiana and Kentucky. The Two Men and a Truck locations in Indiana and Kentucky are some of the dozens of locations nationwide that the company has for collecting items for moms in need.
This is the second year in a row Franklin Pest Solutions is partnering with Two Men and a Truck at their Indianapolis, Lafayette and Michigan City, Ind., locations. Each location is partnering with a a local charity in their area to help moms in need.
The items deposited at Franklin Pest Solutions locations in Indianapolis will be delivered to The Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center; items deposited at the Michigan City location will be delivered to The Caring Place in Valparaiso, items deposited at the Lafayette, Ind. location will benefit LTHC Homeless Services and items from Franklin’s new Albany location will benefit Refuge for Women in Louisville, Ky.
The Caring Place is the only 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter in Porter County. In Indiana, 1,863 victims of domestic violence, both children and adults, found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs, according to The Caring Place website.
“Of course, Covid brought so many wonderful programs to a halt,” said Kyle Brown with Two Men and a Truck in Valparaiso and Crown Point. We are thrilled to be bringing this back and hope that the donations help brighten days for moms everywhere,” he added.
Refuge for Women in Louisville provides a safe-haven for women who have escaped sex trafficking, providing life-coaching, a living facility and transition assistance.
“Last year, we were able to gather more than 1,500 items even with so many drop-off locations shut and shuttered. We believe we will surpass that this year,” said Jennifer Klinglesmith, of Two Men and a Truck in Louisville.
Klinglesmith added that personal hygiene items, household items, cleaning supplies and gift cards are some of the items that really help. Domestic abuse and homeless shelters welcome essential care items like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, socks, slippers and more to help moms and their children.
According to Two Men and a Truck, 60 percent of homeless women are mothers, many of whom find help at local shelters. In addition to safe shelter, most locations also provide counseling, legal advocacy and other resources.
Once dropped off at a Franklin location, Two Men and a Truck will pick up the donated items and deliver them to the shelter(s). More than one million items have been collected since the program began.