If you go by Oak Street Assembly of God from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, you will see a lot of smiling faces. And rightly so.
Whether from happy moms or their children, those smiles should be pretty noticeable during the Carthage church’s first ever outreach to single mothers.
As co-directors of “Pink Single Mothers’ Night Out,” Wanda Menefee and Angelia Crane, wife of Pastor Anthony Crane, wanted to come up with an event that would have an impact on the entire community.
“We thought what would be the best way to support our community?” said Menefee. “We have some single moms in our church and we know how much of a struggle it is.”
Menefee said that even though she is not a single mother, she was raised by one so she knows what it is like.
“Single moms don’t pamper themselves and what they do is mostly about their children,” she said. “We feel like they are unappreciated and we want to make sure they are recognized.”
When the single mothers drive up to Oak Street Assembly around 4 p.m. Saturday, their vehicles will be vallet parked after being washed by the men of the church.
After their children are taken to the sanctuary for activities and snacks, the moms will be escorted inside to register.
“We will have hors doeuvres for them and we will be trying to do everything really elegant,” Menefee said. “We hope it will be an experience like they have never had before. There will be music playing in the background and they will be able to just walk in and relax.”
Two therapists will be on hand to give head and neck massages and we will also be doing facials,” she said.
Another station the women will have available to them will be that conducted by Angelia Crane, who is a life coach. She will talk talk to them about different pathways they could take regarding careers and college.
A Mary Kay cosmetics representative will be around to inform anyone interested in a Mary Kay career.
In addition to the groceries that will be presented to the participants, there will also be other items to be given away.
The church has been collecting items from the community for about three months to distribute to the single moms. Many of the items have been donated by women who might have bought something that they never used.
“A lot of people have things that are brand new and they just cannot use,” said Menefee. “What we have been asking for is things that women use and we are regifting them into baskets for the mothers and letting them go through and pick out what they might need.”
Although Menefee said the community has been wonderful in responding to the requests, more donations, along with volunteers, would still be appreciated.
Besides handing out 500 flyers around Carthage, the church had a “Pink Single Mothers’ Night Out” float in the Maple Leaf Parade last week to get the word out.
Anyone wishing to donate, volunteer or find out more information may go by the church at 2183 W. Oak St. or call 358-1464.