Mother’s Day POP Shoppe a success
This year’s Mother’s Day POP Shoppe event at the Unique Boutique started with a smattering of sunshine and pleasantly cool temperatures.
The atmosphere was festive, as moms and children filtered in, recognized friends and met the 20-plus volunteers who were on hand to greet and help them.
The event is organized each year by the High Country Women’s Fund for women participating in programs through WAMY, The Children’s Council, OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter), Hospitality House, the Health Department, Community Care Clinic and Daymark. This year’s event served 47 women and 62 children.
Judy Painter and Barbara Aycock head up the HCWF Outreach Committee, which spearheads the yearly effort. They had plenty of help from volunteers from the HCWF membership, as well as from WAMY, The Children’s Council and the Temple of the High Country Sisterhood.
Shoes, handbags, scarves, costume jewelry, outfits and gift cosmetics awaited the moms, and children got to choose from a nice selection of Mother’s Day gifts.
Outreach co-chairwoman Judy Painter said, “We had some amazingly generous donations from Belk of Boone, Monkee’s of Blowing Rock, The Dande Lion in Banner Elk and the Temple of the High Country Sisterhood. You could tell by the looks on the faces of the women that they were thrilled when they opened the toiletry bags full of Estee Lauder and Lancome products donated by Belk.”
Painter said the most heartwarming aspects of this year’s event were the multi-generational families, the friendships among many of the moms, the presence of some of the new dads, the children’s faces when selecting gifts and the outpouring of support from the community.
“We couldn’t have done it without Pam and Chastity at the Unique Boutique, all the wonderful women who work with WAMY and The Children’s Council, the businesses which served as drop-off locations, and the wonderful volunteers who helped sort items in the days before and who showed up Saturday,” she said.
Founded in 2006, the High Country Women’s Fund’s mission is to affect positive change for women and their families in Avery and Watauga counties. The organization endeavors to inspire, educate and empower women moving toward self-sufficiency by connecting them with local resources and with other caring women in the community. The HCWF is an initiative of the High Country United Way.