WCA Executive Director Bea Black and Two Men and a Truck Marketing Manager Lynda Bruns kick off a collection drive for Mother's Day with the help of moving mascot "Trucky."
Bea Black, executive director of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, had a warm smile when she talked about the community support for victims of domestic violence.
“The fact that someone who they don’t even know cares about them, that’s huge for them,” Black said. “It helps their sense of support and their self confidence.”
For this coming Mother’s Day, that support will come from moving company Two Men and a Truck. The Boise franchise set up 20 boxes at local businesses around town to collect dishes, silverware, robes, slippers, toiletries and bedding for women staying at the WCA shelters. Two Men and a Truck will collect the boxes on Thursday, May 8, and deliver the goods to the shelter. They call the drive Movers for Moms.
“When they’re ready to move, these women can take these items with them to use in their own place,” Black said. “It’s an important way to help them start over.”
Corporate Pillars Manager for WCA Lisa Uhlmann said WCA’s relationship with Two Men and a Truck started in the summer of 2012, only months after the franchise opened in Boise.
“They were the only moving company that answered,” Uhlmann said. “They’ve never said no to us.”
Two Men and a Truck participate in a $3,000-$5,000 corporate sponsorship, where the company picks up furniture donated to WCA’s thrift shop and shelters, stores WCA’s supplies in their warehouse and helps women move from the shelter into new homes at discounted prices. A non-discounted residential move costs $500 on average.
This spring marks Two Men and a Truck’s second year of Movers for Moms in Boise, and the seventh year nationwide. Last year, the company collected more than 210,000 donated items across 30 states.
The WCA houses an average of 20 women and 20 children at two shelters, as well as offering legal help, case management, counseling and a hotline. Donated goods can be dropped off at D.L. Evans Bank locations, Nature’s Childcare, Silverstone Library, Meridian Library, The Learning Garden and Bank of the Cascades.