Mother’s Day Is this Sunday (in case you needed the extra reminder), but like almost everything in our world today, COVID-19 has changed that too.
Those with Oklahoma City’s Homeless Alliance said they had to cancel their annual Mother’s Day fundraiser because of pandemic concerns over social distancing and a wilting floral industry.
Dozens of vendors would normally gather with The Curbside Chronicle to assemble thousands of bouquets.
It’s one of their biggest fundraisers.
“It was a really hard decision for us to make, but we just did not feel comfortable perusing our Mother’s Day campaign this year,” said Ranya Forgotson, Director of The Curbside Chronicle. “We usually raise around $50,000 plus in revenue with this campaign each year, which is huge for us. It goes a long way in providing case management and housing services.”
It also helps with other items like medication and bus fare, according to Forgotson.
The pop-up-shop cancellation also stunted plans for Curbside to open up a brick and mortar flower shop.
It was something they had been planning for a while.
“That is still in the works. Unfortunately, it has been delayed a little bit because of the pandemic, and we hope to announce the launch of that very soon,” said Forgotson.
The group is counting on continued support in these trying times and need donations.
“You can still donate in your mother’s name; it can still be a way to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day. Celebrate our mission at the same time,” she said.