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Moms without a home receive special Mother's Day gift


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Whether it's breakfast in bed or a bouquet of flowers, mothers everywhere are being honored this weekend. One local agency paid special attention to those moms without a home.

The nine mothers staying in shelters operated by Western Dairyland, were surprised with potted flowers this weekend thanks to a donation from Green Oasis Gardens in Chippewa Falls. Families who stay in the shelters are there between one to two months.

"When you're homeless, a lot of things get put by the wayside, people lose their belongings sometimes. They sometimes have to move very quickly and they can lose their structure in their day to day life and so by doing this, it brings some structure back to them," says Karen Smith, a homeless case manager.  

Samantha Hanson, a mother of three, has lived in the shelter for about three weeks now and says she is thankful for the thoughtful donation, and a place to stay. 

"Everybody that I know and talk to know that I'm at a homeless haven, know that it's a homeless shelter and that it's not my place and I am completely fine with that as long as I have someplace that I can call home for the time being and for my kids to go to and consider their home, I'm completely ok with that," says Hanson.  

Western Dairyland operates seven shelters, for families with children, across the Chippewa Valley. They say, just in Eau Claire, there are currently twenty families on the waiting list.

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