GCC Campus Community Rallies To Show That “Mothers Matter”
 
PR 070 April 3, 2013 Department of Public Relations and Marketing
  Administrator, Andrea Stanton 856-415-2229
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Women at GCC who helped Mother's Matter
Pictured from left to right are Jeanne LaBuz, director of the GCC Center for People in Transition; Cheryl McBride, director of GCC Student Life; Susan Rose, president/founder of the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation; Lisa Moriarty, foundation member; Kathy McKenna, GCC team coordinator; and Betty Bartkovsky, foundation member.
Deptford Twp. – Mother’s Day will be a little brighter this year for some as Gloucester County College again teams up with the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation for its 12th annual Mothers Matter beauty care drive.

During the month of April, GCC students, faculty and staff will collect women’s health products and cosmetics that will become a surprise gift for local moms in need. Volunteers will assemble, decorate and deliver the baskets on Mother’s Day to women’s shelters, pediatric hospitals, day care centers and nursing homes.

According to GCC employee Kathy McKenna, who helped bring the worthy cause to the campus community, many of the items are overlooked since these women are met with difficult choices. They often put their children’s needs first — sacrificing modest things such as nail polish, lotion or lipstick — when providing for their families.

“My husband Bob belongs to the Saints and Sinners motorcycle group, and they were looking for a charity to get involved with,” said McKenna. “While at a women’s health fair I discovered Mothers Matter. We feel blessed to be a part of it.”

Since 2001, Mothers Matter has delivered an estimated 20,000 baskets to South Jersey moms. Collected items range from pairs of shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion to lipstick, hand sanitizer, nail polish and mini manicure sets.  The GCC Office of Student Life will collect donations until Friday, April 26.

“Kathy and her husband are the very life of Mothers Matter,” said Susan Rose, president and founder of the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation. “If it wasn’t for the Saints and Sinners group and Gloucester County College we would’ve folded in our formative years, because our committee was only made up of 12 people. The College is among our greatest supporters along with the Rothman Institute and Dollar Tree.”

The Lauren Rose Foundation was established in 2000 as a tribute to Lauren Rose Albert, a married mother of three who died in a tragic motor vehicle accident while vacationing in Morocco with her husband. Family, friends and colleagues created the non-profit organization to help other women succeed and improve their lives.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact GCC Director of Student Life Cheryl McBride at 856-415-2236, or the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation at 856-428-7673 or visit www.laurenslegacy.org.