Courtesy of Foundation for Women Warriors

There are few things stronger than an army of mothers working together, right? The San Diego-based Foundation for Women Warriors is proving that. 

The nonprofit, which was established in 1920, is dedicated to honoring and empowering the female veteran community by supporting more than 1,100 women and children each year. For the month of May, the nonprofit is collecting essential goods such as hygiene supplies, strollers, car seats and baby blankets to support the mothers they serve. Monetary donations are also collected.

The May drive is an annual component of the organization’s ongoing transition and emergency services program that also provides stipends for housing and childcare. The Economic Policy Institute reports that the average monthly childcare cost in California ranges from $483 to $1,412 depending on the age of the child. In San Diego and Los Angeles counties, infant care can be almost as expensive as renting a home. 

Melissa, an Army veteran whose last name was withheld, knows first-hand the impact the foundation has had on her family’s life. She reached out to the nonprofit for support in caring for her 6-year-old daughter, Avery. 

In turn, the foundation provided her with a childcare stipend to cover camp fees and after school programs. Avery is now thrilled to be a part of a gymnastics program thanks to the foundation. 

“Avery had the opportunity to be a part of a spring break gymnastics camp this year,” Melissa said. “Every morning at drop-off, her team welcomed her with a cheerful ‘hello’ and throughout the day, she worked on team building, gymnastics skills, and so much more. She came home with a craft she made every single day and an empty water bottle, so I know she stayed busy. It was so beautiful watching my little girl on the floor expressing so much confidence and joy.”  

Courtesy of Foundation for Women Warriors

In conjunction with offering financial and childcare assistance, Foundation for Women Warriors provides monthly baby showers and essential goods distributions, and this year alone has served close to 1,200 women and children through all of their programs.

To help meet the needs of veterans, donors can also host drives or make monetary contributions, which will go toward. 

  • $25 provides baby bottles and infant sleepwear 
  • $50 provides a one-month supply of diapers or a crib mattress 
  • $100 covers a lightweight travel stroller 
  • $200 covers an adjustable car seat or convertible crib 
  • $1,500 covers one month of summer camp

For more information, go to foundationforwomenwarriors.org.

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