About Mothers Matter

The story of our Mothers Matter program is one of a heartwarming journey that began in 2000, as way to provide needy women with personal care and toiletry items with dignity and caring and has touched the lives of thousands of women of all ages and from all walks of life who are burdened with personal or family illness, tragedy, or critical quality of life issues

Our First Mother’s Day

It all started with a donation of $100 and a word-of-mouth collection drive that generated enough women’s personal care and beauty products to fill 265 gift baskets for needy moms at three day care centers and two women’s shelters on Mother’s Day, 2001. As we soon found out – for many of the moms, this was their only Mother’s Day gift and the toiletry items were unaffordable luxuries. As one mom told us “ I treasured my Bath & Body Works lotion and used just a little bit each day to make it last”.

In our second year, area schools and a few businesses started holding Mothers Matter collection drives and we were able to give out 625 Mother’s Day gift baskets. Each year the project grew as more schools, businesses and organizations helped with collection drives as well as volunteering to help with our Mother’s Day project – sorting products and assembling gift baskets.

Within the next few years we expanded our target population to also include women in hospitals or nursing homes, women with sick children women, and various social service agencies. By 2009 we were distributing over 2,700 beautiful Mother’s Day gift baskets to women at 55 different locations. (Mothers Matter gift bags replaced baskets in 2010).

And – our wonderful, hard-working dedicated volunteers were doing all of this within a six-week period using borrowed space in a community center that had to be totally cleared out the day after Mother’s Day. It was overwhelming and we were faced with very real possibility of having to cut back or end our Mother’s Day project.

2011 – A Miracle and a Turning Point for Mothers Matter

An unexpected opportunity led to a momentous decision for the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation and a major step towards a long-awaited goal of expanding Mothers Matter to a full-time, year-round program.

We found a perfect one story building with easy access and plenty of parking to house our Mothers Matter program and in February 2011, we officially opened the doors to 3 McClure Drive in Sewell, NJ – “ Our Happy Place”

Mothers Matter Year-Round in Our New Home

The former municipal parks and recreation department building with its many small rooms was perfect for our needs and we settled in with new status as a year-round program very quickly.   We started building partnerships with area cancer programs, women’s shelters and social service agencies and facilities such as Ronald McDonald House to provide custom gift bags on a regular basis throughout the year.

As example, “Comfort” gift bags for women receiving chemotherapy treatment include warm and fuzzy socks, unscented lotion, Dove soap, and our own Mothers Matter soft pillows; the gift bags we prepare for Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms for women with children in the NICU or critical care units include items such as hand lotion, playing cards, puzzle books, and writing journals.

Mothers Matter Touching Lives… Making a Difference

Throughout the year, schools, businesses, organizations and individuals hold Mothers Matter collection drives. Area Dollar Tree stores partner with the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation from March through the end of April each year with in-store Mothers Matter collection drives.   We rely on product donations for about 90% of the items used to fill gift baskets. Financial donations from the 5K Run and Mothers Matter Basket Raffle help fund basket supplies and headquarters overhead.

We process between 60,000 and 75,000 products a year at Mothers Matter headquarters in Sewell (Washington Twp); each one is carefully checked to make sure it is new and clean, sorted by color and product type and either placed on shelves for immediate use or crated for temporary storage. Products we cannot use are given to women’s shelters or other agencies that can use them.

Mothers Matter volunteers assemble and distribute more than 4,200 gift bags a year. About half are distributed on Mother’s Day and the rest throughout the year. We bring Mother’s Day gifts to about 35 different locations including numerous day care centers and facilities such as Ronald McDonald House, Memorial Veterans Home, various medical-pediatric day care and rehab facilities, and women’s agencies.

Our year-round commitments include Fox Chase Cancer Center, MD Anderson at Cooper Hospital, Inspira, Minitti Center for Hematology, Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program, and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital; numerous women’s shelters, Lourdes Community Outreach, Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, and Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms.

Other Mothers Matter Projects

In 2012 we opened the Suited for Work Initiative, dedicating a room in Mothers Matter headquarters for a clothing showroom with work appropriate apparel for women who could not otherwise afford them. In spring, 2020, the initiative was moved to Rowan College at South Jersey and Camden County College campuses for easier access and to free up space to accommodate the increased demand for our special “Comfort” and “Spa” gift bags for cancer patients.

Mothers Matter partners with the AAWCC at Rowan College at South Jersey to host two Car Care Seminars a year at Gloucester County Institute of Technology as part of the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation Safe Travel Initiative

Our Mothers Matter Committee

The Mothers Matter Committee has been the backbone of the program since its inception. From our earliest days when we started with an empty room with no products or supplies and were able to distribute thousands of beautiful gift baskets in less than six weeks, our Mothers Matter team has always been “the little engine that could” brightening lives and making a real difference in the lives of women for whom every day is a challenge.

Mothers Matter Committee

(not all committee members are in the photo)

Carol Aff – Treasurer
Barbara Arnold
Linda Beach
Elizabeth Coldflesh
Kim Konefsky
Colleen Garretson
Sue Kane
Patti Kelly
Terry Mancini
Sue McCauley
Joanne McPoyle
Lisa Moriarty – Founding Member, LRAF Board Member
Linda Newlin
Nadine Piccolo
Felicia Rivera
Robin Spatocco
Cecilia Rosado
Susan Rose – LRAF Founder & President
Kathy Schultes -Chairperson
Cindy Small
Karen Stanley
Paula Tallas
Louisa Coffin-Tilsner
Kathy Teeple

Betty Bartkovsky
Claire Carmody

Mothers Matter Gift Basket Donations

We accept donations of health and beauty products throughout the year. Please make sure the products are new and unopened. Please click here for our complete product “Wish List”. To arrange pick-up of donations please email mothersmatter@laurenslegacy.org or call 856-428-7673.

Mothers Matter Gift Basket Donations

We accept donations of health and beauty products throughout the year. Please make sure the products are new and unopened. To arrange pick-up of donations please email mothersmatter@laurenslegacy.org or call 856-428-7673.

Mothers Matter Programs

Provides Mother’s Day gift baskets filled with women’s personal care and beauty products to women and mothers facing difficult challenges in their lives

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Provides Mothers Matter gifts year-round upon request and through partnering with people, businesses, organizations, churches and clubs

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Between 2011 and March, 2020, Suited for Work provided new and gently-used career clothing for hundreds of women who could otherwise not afford them. The program was relocated to Rowan College at South Jersey and Camden County College in March due to space issues at Mothers Matter headquarters.

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Grant Programs

Emergency grants in the form of goods, services or cash to assist mothers and their families

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Since the program’s inception in 2004, the Foundation has awarded over 750 grants

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