COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Coalition for the Homeless held a brunch for moms on Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day with food, fun and activities for moms around our area.
The 18th annual Mother’s Day brunch on Harmon Avenue is a day for mothers to enjoy themselves and relax, and an opportunity for their loved ones to say thank you for everything they do all year long.
The Coalition says the brunch “is a celebration to recognize the importance of mothers and motherhood, with a special invitation extended to currently and formerly homeless mothers and their children.”
Cala Thomas is a mother of four, she says this is the second year she’s come out to this particular mothers day brunch.
“(It’s a) really fun thing to do for someone who doesn’t really get treated like that every day it’s kind of like a birthday for me.”
Her eight year old son who joined her today had a special message to say: “Love you and thank you for everything you do to me.”
Thomas is appreciative to all of the volunteers who making today a day to remember.
“Thank you so much because I don’t know if they know how special it is to be recognized as a mother on Mother’s Day because it’s very, very hard, especially as a single mom, and you don’t always do the right things. But it’s a struggle just to take care of your kids so something like this is really special to me.”
It was not just brunch served for these mothers – there was also an arts and craft section, family portraits, and a books section for families to choose from to take home for bedtime stories.
There were also free health screenings that Stacy Cummins, a mother of four, says she’s extremely grateful for.
“High blood pressure runs in my family, so does diabetes, so being able to get these checks is quite nice,” she said. “It’s definitely very appreciated and I know my friend and I both appreciate it to get away and enjoy some time. I appreciate everything they’ve done.”
There’s a Mother’s Day brunch committee that raises funds all year long and collects community donations to make this all possible, as this is a 100 percent volunteer-driven event.