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A Quest to Provide New Mothers with Diapers, Wipes and Baby Formula

NEW YORK — Can you imagine being a new mother and not being able to feed, clothe or shelter your baby?

For many mothers living on the streets or in temporary shelters, that is the horrific reality of their lives. Approximately 4.2 million single mothers live below the poverty line and cannot afford the basic necessities for survival.

“The impact of homelessness on mothers is profound,” said David Convertino, OFM, executive director of the HNP Office of Development. “We see it every day at our Franciscan Food Center in Boston and at St. Francis Inn and Women’s Center in inner city Philadelphia. We watch them experience anger, self-blame, sadness, fear and hopelessness.”

This Mother’s Day, Holy Name Province is seeking to provide supplies to new mothers who visit the Province’s food centers in Boston and Philadelphia. Diapers, wipes and baby formulas are desperately needed at each location.

“Your generous donation enables us to purchase diapers, wipes, formula and so much more to make a child’s life safe and sound – a mother’s constant dream,” said David. “I recently met a mother at St. Francis Inn who asked for disposable feeding bottles because she had no regular access to running water to clean reusable bottles. Their individual stories of struggle are shocking and disturbing.”

In support of the campaign, several friars – John Aherne, OFM, Michael Carnevale, OFM, and Casey Cole, OFM, among them – have recorded videos sharing reflections about the support they have received from their mothers and asking for help in providing mothers in need with the ability to give that same support for their own children. These videos are viewable on FriarWorks.org.

The Franciscan friars hope to raise $10,000 to help mothers and newborns this Mother’s Day season. To support these homeless mothers in need, donate online or by mailing a check to Franciscan Friars – Holy Name Province, 144 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001-3202.

“Make a difference in two lives – a mother and her child,” said David. “Help us continue to serve women and children at these safe and supportive environments, which are in desperate need of these vital supplies.”

For more information about the various ways the Franciscan friars empower people to live with dignity and purpose, visit www.FriarWorks.org.

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