CARRBORO, N.C. – Carrboro and Chapel Hill retail stores rally around “Mother’s Day for HomeStart.” The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) has announced that for the second year, “Mother’s Day for HomeStart” cards are available for purchase not only online, but in 17 local stores. The purchase of each card represents a donation made to HomeStart (the Chapel Hill based women & children’s shelter) in honor of the recipient.
New this year is that local storefronts will be selling the HomeStart Mother’s Day card. The Mother’s Day card is also available for sale online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/mother, where the sender fills out a web form and the card is filled out, addressed and mailed for them. There is a minimum donation of $10 per Mother’s Day card. Last year’s donation amounts ranged from $10 to $100 dollars. While most of the participating retailers are selling the card, some are giving the card to customers with a purchase over a pre-determined amount.
Retailers Selling “Mother’s Day for HomeStart Cards”
Balloons & Tunes
Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics
Chapel Hill Tire (Carrboro location)
Ride Cycle Studio
Studio East 54 Pilates & Core Fitness
The Children’s Store
Townsend Bertram & Company
Triangle Orthopaedic Associates
Vacuum Cleaner Hospital
Weaver Street Market
Wentworth & Sloan
“Mother’s Day for HomeStart” began in 2015 when Chapel Hill High School sophomore Sydney Melet came up with the idea of the cards as a way to raise money for HomeStart. Sydney had begun volunteering for HomeStart two years earlier through a program she designed called, “Make Your Mark.” Her brother Eli is working on this year’s program as part of his Bar Mitzvah project. Sydney (16 years old), Eli (12 years old) and their Mother, Michele all worked with the children and mother’s at the shelter to create the artwork for the 2015 and 2016 cards. Last year’s card featured drawings by the children of HomeStart. This year’s cards feature hand and footprints of the younger children incorporated into artworks.
Sales of the Mother’s Day cards generated $4,086 in 2015. 2016 has gotten off to a great start through Whole Foods 5% Day which generated $5,312.15. The funds arrived just in time to be eligible for The Stewards Fund match. Sydnet Melet says, “We are thrilled with the success of the program last year and are excited about the growth potential for 2016. I am optimistic that the community will embrace Mother’s Day for HomeStart and purchase a card because it is benefiting a great cause.”
In both 2015 and 2016, A Better Image Printing has graciously donated help with the card design and the printing of the cards.
The community can follow the progress of Mother’s Day for HomeStart at https://www.facebook.com/MothersDayforHomeStart2016/.