More than 75,000 products are processed at the Mothers Matter headquarters in Sewell (Washington Twp.) each year; every item is carefully checked to make sure it is new and clean, sorted by color and then product type and either placed on shelves for immediate use or crated for temporary storage.
Every gift bag contains a minimum of ten basic products plus extra “special” items depending on availability. Additionally, every gift bag is color coordinated and includes a note card with the message that “Mothers Matter.”
During the week prior to Mother’s Day, gift baskets/bags filled with women’s health and beauty care products are distributed to day care centers, nursing homes, medical-pediatric day care and rehab facilities, women’s shelters and agencies, hospital wards and facilities such as Ronald McDonald House, Anna’s Angels, My Sister’s Place, and the Memorial Veteran’s Home in Vineland. (We switched from baskets to our own Mothers Matter gift bags in 2009.)
Now a year round program with an average annual distribution of 4,500 gift bags, this all-volunteer effort has given out more than 42,000 gift baskets/bags (as of December, 2017) .