Mother’s Day Boxes 2016
The pleasure of an unexpected gift
The delight of self-renewal
The buoyancy of feeling fresh and lovely
Kissed with a smile of a child
Creating Mother’s Day boxes is a favourite annual Lioness project. In 2006 Lioness Lynne became aware of an agency which gave boxes to kids so that they would have something to give their mom on Mother’s Day. She brought the idea to the Victoria Chinatown Lioness who embraced it wholeheartedly.
When Lioness Michelle joined Victoria Chinatown Lioness, she project and its story . When she assumed leadership of the project, she incorporated the idea of plain white Chinese take-out containers that kids could decorate before giving to their moms. Michelle’s vision was to fill the boxes with cosmetics, and give the boxes to women who might not have enough money to spend on cosmetics, or had escaped a situation where they were not able to take much with them. Michelle felt that nice toiletries could help women in need and distress, feel a little more normalized. The hope was, and is, to give the women a small gift that might help them feel good about themselves, and go out into the world with increased confidence. A small positive step forward.
Each year Lioness save and collect toiletry items with the help of our friends. We gather together a couple of weeks before Mother’s Day, this year April 24, to sort items, line the boxes with colourful tissue paper and fill them with cosmetics, perfumes, toiletries and essentials.
Over two hundred boxes are delivered to the Single Parent Resource Center, Victoria Women’s Transition House and Bridges for Women. The children associated with Bridges Women get to select one of the boxes to give to their mothers on Mothers day.
More boxes are always requested.
Please help us, this year and every year. Save and donate your unused, new makeup samples and toiletries. Consider snapping up deals on essentials to pass on to our project. We would greatly appreciate references for business donations. Help us to put a smile in hearts of our sisters in need.