Local companies support Haven House with collections

Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Mother’s Day.

For many families locally and around the country, it’s a time for celebration. But for some moms, it can be a painful reminder of a bad situation.

Local companies have signed up as drop-off points for donations for the Haven House domestic-violence shelter in McDonough. Special photo

That is one reason why the Two Men and a Truck moving company is continuing its Movers for Moms campaign this year to collect toiletries and other items for delivery to partnering shelters in the coming days. The company’s Stockbridge location, as it has done for the last five years, will use the occasion to continue its support of the Haven House domestic-violence shelter in McDonough.

Haven House Executive Director Marjorie Lacy says the 48-bed facility stays full throughout the year, with people who are seeking refuge from crisis situations. She appreciates the support the shelter has received from Two Men and a Truck over the years.

“Not only have they helped us with this drive, but they have moved some of our families out of the kindness of their hearts, at no cost, a couple of times,” says Lacy. “It just makes it a little easier on everybody. We can’t possibly fill that need without a lot of help.”

Local partners which have signed on as drop-off points for donations include Mama Jacks Prep Academy, Villas at South Point in McDonough and Eagle’s Brooke Apartments in Locust Grove. Donations can include soaps, hair styling products, shampoos, conditioners, pillows, blankets and slippers as well as furniture and other items.

John Cuttino is the operations manager for Two Men and a Truck in Stockbridge. He says a simple philosophy has continued to motivate him and his coworkers to give back to their community for the last several years on Mother’s Day.

“One of our core values at Two Men and a Truck is the Grandma Rule,” says Cuttino. “That is, treat everyone the way you would want your grandma treated. Anything we can do to help, we are the movers that care and we want the community to know that we are here to help when they have any type of need.”

Movers for Moms expanded, in 2014, to 38 states supporting hundreds of shelters nationwide. The company partnered last year with more than 400 elementary schools, daycare centers and collection sites, bringing in more than 220,000 gifts.

Cuttino adds that this year, Chick-fil-A in Stockbridge has shown its support for the campaign by donating vouchers for free breakfast items for the cause, and Primetime Style & Cuts in Stockbridge has offered to donate free kids’ haircuts as part of the effort.

Eagle’s Brooke Apartments signed on as a partner in Movers for Moms just last week, says leasing consultant Jessica Williams. She says e-mails will be sent to residents there in the near future, letting them know about the opportunity to make a donation.

“We just wanted to help out,” says Williams. “It sounded like a good idea, and it’s something we can easily help with.”

Stephanie Fulton, manager of The Villas at South Point, says residents there have participated in the Movers for Moms drive for the last couple years to help Haven House. She commends Two Men and a Truck for stepping in to help families affected by domestic violence.

“I think that it’s really important to donate to people who are in need in the community,” says Fulton. “Haven House is a really good cause. They deal with a lot of domestic violence cases in the community. I think what they’re doing is really great.”