Single moms received an early Mother's Day present May 12, courtesy of North Langley Community Church.
The church on 96th Avenue in Walnut Grove hosted its second annual Super Single Moms Saturday, in which the church and sponsors provided small home repairs (moms signed up to have repairs done in their homes over the next few months), car care (such as oil changes, tire rotations, and detailing), kids' haircuts, items from a clothing boutique, bicycle tune-ups, family portraits, spa services including massages, manicures, and pedicures, workshops such as nutritious cooking, writing a resume, and life after divorce, kids activities including mother's day crafts, and a buffet breakfast along with a lunch, and dinner meals packed to go - all for free.
The event has grown. This year, more than 120 moms and 130 children came out and they were helped out by more than 300 volunteers.
More than 80 free hair cuts were given to the little ones and roughly 90 family portraits were taken.
Seventy-five cars were serviced during the day.
Last year, 75 single moms attended, 28 small home repairs were done, and 65 cars were serviced.
After leaving the event, one mom posted on Super Single Moms Saturday's Facebook Event Page, "I cannot stop raving about how amazing this event was! I can't express my sincere gratitude! I am poring over my free clothes from the 'boutique' - my new oil change, my fixed bike, my wonderful present from Nivea Canada, and mowing down my lemon dream bars- I felt like a VIP from the moment we arrived."
Organizer Janet Thiessen said Single Moms Saturday was very satisfying for all involved.
"It's their Mother's Day," Thiessen said. "A mom on her own doesn't have anyone to do Mother's Day for her, so we just want to bless the moms and do everything we can to pamper them and share God's love with them, where they have a day that's just for them."
Thiessen said the single moms who attended the day were "So blown away by the people who are willing to give a whole day to serve them."
A mother of four, Thiessen has great respect for fellow moms.
"The sign of true religion is to- serve people in need, and that's why we do it," Thiessen said.
Participants registered online and Single Moms Saturday gained momentum through social media and getting the word out at several local schools.
"Langley Family Services also sent their clients here," Thiessen said.
"It was a lot of fun to see how much we could accomplish when we all worked together," Thiessen noted. "And even more fun just giving it all away for free!"
Event sponsors included Triangle Community Resources, Nivea Canada, and Into Chocolate.