It’s the time of year when charitable organizations ask you to dig a bit deeper and give to the less fortunate. Some of the biggest efforts come in seeking toy donations so that children can have a merry Christmas. So what about the moms of those children? Who makes their Christmas merry? If you’re Anthony Ritter at GLO in Fondren, you’re doing your best to do just that.
Ritter, a designer, supports Lizzie’s House, a shelter for homeless women and children in downtown Jackson. And while his donations of bedding, furniture and accessories throughout the year make the place feel like home, he says this is the time of year to make the women feel even more special. “Who buys Christmas for them?” he asked? Ritter will play the proverbial Santa for the 17 children who live at Lizzie’s House, but he’s asking for community support in the form of cash to buy for the moms.
GLO in Woodland Hills Shopping Plaza – near Fondren Cellars and Custom Optical – will accept cash donations through Friday December 7 to help purchase robes, slippers and bath and body products likes soaps and lotions. Ritter believes these gifts will help the women feel pampered. His staff will be his eleves, buying the moms’ gifts with the money collected. “I just want them to get something, too,” he said.
Lizzie’s House provides at risk women and children in crisis with shelter, and to equip them with the necessary skills to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, hopelessness and dependency, to become good productive citizens. Trish Norfleet is the executive director for Lizzie’s House, a ministry of Greater Grace Tabernacle of Deliverance in Jackson.