Non-Profit's Adopt-a-Mom Program Helps Struggling Moms Year Round
One Georgia organization is making sure that all moms are honored on Mother's Day.
The Ark, a non-profit that serves low-income, working families in the Athens area, has been surprising single moms with flowers and cards on Mother's Day for more than five years.
For Juana Hulin, a single mother of three who was diagnosed with stage four cancer in April 2015, The Ark not only provided financial assistance during her treatment, but a special treat on Mother's Day courtesy of an anonymous donor to the organization's Adopt-a-Mom program. Hulin told Today that both were crucial parts of getting back on her feet.
"I'm a single mom, and sometimes as mothers, we don't worry about ourselves because we just want our kids to be OK," Hulin said. "It brought tears to my eyes because the thought of someone thinking of you on Mother's Day who doesn't even know you—it just really warmed my heart and lifted my spirits."
Now in its sixth year, The Ark's Adopt-a-Mom program provides flowers and a card to single moms as well as moms and grandmas in nursing homes.
"Adopt-a-Mom got started based on us wanting to meet a need in the community that we didn't see was being met," Stephanie Cockfield, financial education director at The Ark, explained to Today. "The majority of people that we help are single, working moms and we thought, 'What can we do to better serve them and also recognize them for what they're doing?'"
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For a $25 donation, you can choose the name of an adoptable mom from a list on The Ark's website. The flowers and cards are donated by local sponsors, which means all the money goes to a single mothers' fund to be used throughout the year. Last year, 266 moms were adopted and nearly $9,000 was raised.
"You don't know what someone else is dealing with," Hulin told Today. "You don't know if they have anybody to even think of them. And for The Ark to do this—I just love it so much."