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Drive kicks off to help mothers in shelters

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 9:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:17 a.m. CDT

A program aimed to help homeless and abused mothers is underway in Kane County.

The Movers for Moms Drive involves collecting personal care items for mothers in shelters.

This year, every U.S. location of the Two Men and a Truck moving company is participating, including Wendy and Alex Petrusha’s North Aurora-based franchise.

Wendy Petrusha has set up eight collection sites in Kane County through local businesses and schools. Donations will be accepted through May 5, then the items will be picked up and dropped off at the Lazarus House in St. Charles in time for Mother’s Day on May 11. Lazarus House serves homeless and at-risk residents from the Tri-Cities and western rural Kane County, according to its website.

Donation items can include travel-size soaps, shampoos, razors, hair styling products, nail polish, lip gloss, socks and light robes.

A few bags of toiletries and travel-size items already have been donated at the Rejoice Lutheran Church of Geneva, said Julie Douglas, the church’s communications ministry director.

Church leaders agreed to collect donations because they know Wendy Petrusha through one of the church members and the cause was a perfect fit, Douglas said. The church likes to get involved in projects that serve the local community and has helped the Lazarus House in the past.

Lazarus House really appreciates the drive, said Donna Bauer, the house’s volunteer and special events coordinator. The organization served an average of 35 women in 2013 and has served 20 women since January 2014.

Bauer explained that women don’t stay at Lazarus House for only one night, but move in and stay until they find independent living.

“What wonderful sentiment for them to think of the ladies,” she said of the drive’s organizers. “We’re very grateful to them for doing this work.”

Know more

The Movers for Moms Drive is collecting travel-size personal care items for women in shelters. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

• KinderCare, 1875 Prairie St., St. Charles

• Haines Middle School, 305 S. Ninth St., St. Charles (students only)

• Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N Mill Creek Drive, Geneva

• Two Men and a Truck Kane/DuPage Office, 370 Smoke Tree Business Park, North Aurora

• Fifth Third Bank, 460 Randall Road, South Elgin

• Harmony Chiropractic, 584 Randall Road, South Elgin

• Blackhawk Taekwondo, 582 Randall Road, South Elgin

• Market Financial Group, 460 Briargate Drive, South Elgin

For information, visit www.twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms.

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