The local moving company campaign benefits domestic violence survivors on Mother’s Day

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The local moving company campaign benefits domestic violence survivors on Mother's Day

A local business works every year to celebrate mothers and help domestic violence survivors by raising donations from Eastside locals.

Two Men and a Truck’s Eastside franchise, headquartered in Woodinville, serves most Eastside cities, including Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, and Sammamish, as well as parts of Seattle.

The franchise has celebrated Mother’s Day every since it started almost 12 years ago with the Movers for Moms campaign. The company dropped donation boxes to numerous organizations across the East Side on March 20th. On May 11th, the drivers will pick up the donation boxes and bring them to The Sophia Way animal shelter in Bellevue.

“We do it every Mother’s Day to help domestic violence [survivors] so they can have a good Mother’s Day, ”said John Phillips, marketing coordinator for the Eastside franchise. “We wanted to ensure that women in need have something beautiful that they can open up [and] give them a way to have a nice mothers day. ”

Every year, two men and a truck work with The Sophia Way to collect items that will benefit local women seeking shelter. This year the shelter specifically asked for pillows, sheets, towels, detergents and various toiletries. Most of the items go directly to the benefit of the protected women, while the cleaning products help preserve the Bellevue animal shelter.

There are numerous local businesses running donation boxes, and as of May 4th, St. John Vianney Church in Kirkland has raised the most with six boxes full. Phillips said he expected more by the end of the campaign.

“We know that women who have been in abusive relationships are particularly at risk.” Said Phillips. “We have a heart for the people who live in women’s shelters because it doesn’t do them or the children justice because of the relationship that led to it. It is important that we not only give something back to the community in other ways, but that we think this particular path is really interesting. “

Movers for Moms is a national program in 42 states that always involves two men and one truck. Last year, in 2017, the organization raised more than 295,000 donations and more than 1 million items across its program’s history.

The Eastside franchise was originally headquartered in Kent before merging with the Kirkland franchise and moving to Woodinville two years ago. Previously, the Eastside franchise supported several emergency shelters and began partnering with The Sophia Way when it moved to Woodinville.

Two Men and a Truck is one of the largest national moving companies, serving single family homes, apartments and businesses.

The company is also running a fundraiser called Movers for Mutts in the fall. The campaign works the same as Movers for Moms, but asks for donations to local animal shelters.

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Photo courtesy of Two Men and a Truck