If you have ever believed in wishes coming true, then the story of Mamas for Mamas and their extraordinary journey will solidify that feeling. This “little charity that could” has been pushing the boundaries, both figuratively and literally for 3 years. What started as a Facebook page in the spring of 2014, has now expanded to 11,800 members in Kelowna, and 23 chapters, with more on the way, throughout Canada and soon to be the United States.
This last week, Mamas for Mamas has seen the communities of Kelowna, Vancouver, the Island and many others, reach out and share their skills, their purchasing power and their labour to create a space that would make the most decorating savvy swoon. Lead by the incomparable Jillian Harris and the Sticks and Stones Design Group, these charitable champions rolled up their sleeves to show that when a small
(albeit mighty) group of people come together pure magic happens!
Mamas for Mamas is a registered charity that is addressing the landscape of poverty through innovative approaches to socioeconomic barriers faced by struggling families. They celebrate the success, the struggles and the bravery of parenthood by providing a “village” like mentality, understanding that we are all in the same boat…there is no rule book!
Sometimes we need a hand up, and Mamas for Mamas provides that, and also provides programs through which we can adjust our mindset. Poverty is sometimes generational, and can get entangled in our threaded belief systems. Getting under those mind sets by creating a pro active approach helps families to help themselves!
And speaking of a hand up, just 1 short year ago , Jillian Harris was introduced to Mamas for Mamas when she was looking for a charity to donate her son’s items too. She soon fell in love with the process, and opened her heart, and her social capital. Without leaders like Jillian Harris and Sticks and Stones Design Group, and all the incredible people who came out, the road to success for Mamas for Mamas would be a lot windier. They wish to thank each and every member of this project, along with the countless others who donate their time, money, energy and love to their cause. It really does take a village, and Kelowna has proven it’s the village to do just that!
For more information on the Reno visit jillianharris.com to read her latest blog.
For more information on Mamas for Mamas, or to donate, go to mamasformamas.ca.