Winter is waning, hints of green are popping out and volunteers for the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation are getting to work.
The non-profit’s annual Mothers Matter Mother’s Day drive, which distributes gift bags packed with beauty, health and personal-care products to brighten the lives of women in need, is kicking off this weekend with an open house at the group’s location on McClure Drive in Washington Township.
Founder Susan Rose, who created the foundation in memory of her daughter who was killed in a 1999 car crash, said the open house is a way to start the donation collection season as well as raise awareness about their mission.
“Now we start putting the real time in,” said Rose, who said they need donations of body lotion, hair care products, makeup, spa products, perfumes and similar toiletries.
The open house runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a symbolic ribbon cutting between noon and 1 p.m.
The foundation will be celebrating yet another milestone in its 14 years of existence during this year’s Mother’s Day drive — delivering its 25,000th basket.
“We’re in the absolute range,” to hit 25,000, said Rose.