Movers for Moms Update: Halfway There!

In just three short weeks, our Movers for Moms collection will wrap up with one HUGE delivery of Mother’s Day gifts to the moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter!  As you may have heard, our goal this year is to collect 2,000 critical gifts for these moms by May 8th.  Well, since we’re about halfway through our charity campaign, we wanted to give you an update about how the collection is going!  Here are some of the highlights we’ve experienced so far over the past couple of weeks:

Sculpted Edge Hair Art filled up a Movers for Moms collection box in one night!The Sculpted Edge client appreciation event was a huge success!
Hannah Arn and Holley’s amazing clients pulled through and filled up an entire Movers for Moms collection box in one night!  Plus we all got to enjoy some delicious coffee from Just. Love. Coffee., networking with local professionals, and music from Hannah’s multi-talented clients.  Hannah even serenaded us a little bit herself!  And she’s not done yet–you can drop off a Movers for Moms donation in her second collection box anytime before May 4th.

The Atelier Upton Salon partnered with Art by Jessyca Myers to raise money and donations for Movers for Moms!The Atelier Upton Salon made us huge fans of Art by Jessyca Myers!
Until this month’s Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl, we had no idea the Atelier Upton Salon also doubles as an art studio!  But when Amanda (the salon/studio owner) invited us to come check out Jessyca Myers’ work at the April crawl, who were we to turn her down?  Amanda asked her “crawlers” to bring Movers for Moms donations to fill up her box, and Jessyca Myers announced that 10% of her art sales in April would benefit the Movers for Moms cause!  Despite the windy night, our marketer Jenni had a blast sipping wine with these generous mamas at the crawl.

And some of our donation drop-off locations have already overflowed their first collection boxes!
Gymboree Play and Music collected Mondo Bloxx for Movers for Moms!FiftyForward at the J. L. Turner Center and Gymboree Play & Music filled up their first collection boxes right away, so we’ve already had to bring them new ones!  Plus Gymboree collected a ton of Mondo Bloxx that Safe Haven can use as educational tools (and toys!) with their children.  We also heard from our friends at the local non-profit Book’em that they filled up two boxes with 240 children’s books, ranging from books that Safe Haven can give to families with infants all the way up to teenagers.

TThe Nashville Mom's Birthday Bash brought in 442 donations for our Movers for Moms collection in Nashville!hen The Nashville Mom helped us collect donations at her blog’s 2nd annual Birthday Bash!
Last Saturday, The Nashville Mom hosted her second anniversary event for her blog, and invited us to collect donations for Safe Haven at our very own Movers for Moms tent.  Her amazing readers didn’t disappoint, and helped us collect 442 donations of baby products, toiletries, and paper products for these deserving mommas.  We also celebrated with a fun Movers for Moms Coloring Station and (Temporary) Tattoo Station for the kiddos!

So what’s the grand total of donations we’ve received so far?  Drumroll please…  We’ve collected 1,497 critical Mother’s Day gifts!  We’re over halfway to reaching our goal!  Here’s how you can help:

Option A:  Visit one of our 25+ collection sites sprawled across Greater Nashville.  Bring your donation along with you while you shop, work out, and get your hair done with small, local businesses!

Option B:  Come to one of our upcoming Movers for Moms events!  You can take yoga classes, network with local professionals, and win jewelry all while supporting these moms in need.

Option C:  Help us spread awareness on your social media!  You can download infographics talking about the campaign and upcoming Movers for Moms events from http://bit.ly/MoversforMoms.

Thank you for your support!  Check back with us after Mother’s Day to find out whether we reached our goal!

It All Started with a Mom: Celebrating Our Roots

Story Behind Movers for Moms

All month long, we’re collecting critical Mother’s Day gifts for the moms in need at Safe Haven Family Shelter through a campaign called Movers for Moms.  We’re asked all the time why we have such a huge charity campaign surrounding moms, so this week we wanted to tell the whole story!

The original TWO MEN AND A TRUCK pick-up truckAlthough TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is now an international company, we started out with very humble roots in the town of Lansing, Michigan.  Two brothers, Brig and Jon Sorber, started moving neighbors during high school with their pick-up truck to earn some extra money.  Their mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, hastily drew up a little logo of two stick-men in a cartoon truck, and they posted it in the community newsletter to help advertise their business.

Even after her sons left home for college, Mary Ellen continued receiving phone calls from prospective customers looking for some local movers.  In 1985, she decided to make the company official, so she bought a small 14-foot moving truck and hired two movers.  During her first year in business, Mary Ellen made a profit of $1,000, and she decided to give it back to moms in need in her community.  She split the profit equally among ten local non-profit organizations who supported women who had escaped from homelessness, domestic abuse, and other tragedies.

Four years later, a friend suggested that Mary Ellen grow the business through franchising.  After talking through the details with an attorney, she decided to award the first separate franchise to her daughter, Melanie Bergeron.  Melanie and and her mom worked together to grow the company to 39 franchises before Mary Ellen asked Melanie to take over her role as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s president.  Now, 30 years after our company’s founding, Melanie sits as the chair of the board.  Brig and Jon serve as executive chairman and executive vice president, respectively.

Our Quality Control Specialist, Keith, holding a Movers for Moms collection boxTWO MEN AND A TRUCK is larger now than Mary Ellen ever dreamed it would become!  But every franchise continues her mission of Moving People Forward, especially moms in need, every year through charity campaigns such as Movers for Moms.  The Nashville franchise is also committed to serving several other non-profit campaigns, such as educational efforts and our local humane association.  We hope you’ll help us reach our goal of collecting 2,000 critical donations for the moms at Safe Haven Family Shelter this Mother’s Day!