Children whose mothers are in prison miss sharing the many of the holiday and special events that happen each year, and that is when they often feel the loneliest. By helping them feel connected to their mothers at these special times, their connections grow stronger and they develop memories that carry them through the ordinary days.
Each December, MATCH throws a festive holiday party for all of the Moms, their children, and the children's caregivers. The families gather around the table for a delicious dinner. MATCH moms particularly enjoy showing off their children to their friends. Pictures with Santa and a bag of gifts for every child add to the excitement.
MATCH is grateful to the food venders of the Golden Corral Corporation for the generous donation of food and the Edenton St. United Methodist Church for sponsoring an "Angel Tree" for gifts for the children.
Every child's birthday is special, and what better day is there for mothers to show their love? Moms choose a present from the "Birthday Closet" which is stocked with donated gifts appropriate for all ages. They can give the gift at a MATCH visit or have it mailed to arrive at the child's home on that special day. We also have birthday themed decorations and paper products to add to the party atmosphere.
Back To School
Do you remember shopping for new school supplies each year and how proud you were of your new crayons, notebooks, and pencils? MATCH Moms can't go shopping, but when they give a bag of new donated supplies to their children, they show them the importance of school and education, and children feel like their mothers care about their daily lives.
Mother's Day Dinner
MATCH Moms make a significant commitment to their children when they join MATCH. Although their children cannot celebrate with them, they are honored each year in May with a special dinner, entertainment, and a special gift. Again, we thank all of those who donate food and time to make this evening meaningful.