The Eastside movers will begin their 12th annual Mover for Moms campaign, running March 19 through May 9, to raise funds for The Sophia Way, a local women’s shelter.
The Two Men And A Truck franchise serves the Eastside and celebrates Mother’s Day each year with a charity campaign donating toiletries, pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, robes, slippers and hairbrushes for The Sophia Way. The Sophia Way serves local women who have been victims of domestic violence in a shelter in Bellevue. The two organizations have been partners in the campaign since 2017.
“The Movers for Moms program aims to honor mothers in crisis on Mother’s Day by arranging gifts for women in local shelters over the holiday weekend,” said John Phillips, spokesman for the Eastside franchise. “In 2018, every Two Men And A Truck location participated and collectively collected more than 300,000 donations for women who live in emergency shelters on Mother’s Day.”
The Eastside campaign alone collected around 6,000 articles in 2018 with the help of companies from across the Eastside. Movers for Mom’s is asking local businesses to set up donation boxes for Two Men And A Truck drivers to drop off and pick up.
“Our office will handle all of the logistics between shelter partners, trucks, pickups, deliveries, and so on,” said Phillips. “In addition, we provide your organization with collection boxes, posters and literature on the program. We will also provide you with a list of items that the shelter will request to distribute to your members. “
Headquartered in Woodinville, the Eastside franchise serves most of the Eastside cities, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Bothell, Kenmore, Redmond, Issaquah, and Sammamish.
The Eastside franchise was originally headquartered in Kent before merging with the Kirkland site and moving to Woodinville two years ago. The organization has supported several animal shelters in the past and cemented a partnership with The Sophia Way when they moved to Woodinville.
“We know that women who have lived in abusive relationships are particularly at risk.” said Phillips. “We have a heart for the people who live in women’s shelters because it is not fair to them and the children because of the resulting relationship. It is important to us not only to give something back to the community in other ways, we also find this special way very interesting. ”
The company is also running a fundraiser called Movers for Mutts this fall, which works the same as Movers for Moms but instead solicits donations to local animal shelters.
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The Sophia Way accepts Eastsider’s donations at the end of the Movers for Moms campaign in 2017 at Sophia’s Place, their shelter behind St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Photo courtesy of Two Men And A Truck