Join us for this second annual Ladies Night Out!
Ladies' Night Out is for women to get together and make a difference for other women that need to have the holiday spirit brought back to them this holiday season. A fun night to raise money to purchase gifts for Fuller Life's Adopt-A-Mom for Christmas Program in memory of Vivian Fuller. Ladies' Night includes shopping with great vendors, drinks, giveaways, laughs and making a difference for deserving women this holiday season. With every ticket for the event you will help to purchase a surprise giftbag for single and struggling moms throughout Central New York and beyond. Including moms at Ronald McDonald House, Vera House, Joseph's House, and locally nominated moms. Because of Ladies' Night last year we were able to add Exodus House and the mom's at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Please join us again to make a difference.
This was my Momma's last birthday in Nov 2011. Her birthday and Thanksgiving were always the start of the holidays. Christmas was always her favorite holiday. She always made sure that we had wonderful holidays and the best Christmas, no matter what. She always worked and scraped the bottom of the barrel to make sure our Christmas was wonderful and never wanted or expected anything in return. We never got anything to extravagant or top of the line but it was always the best to us. Yes, my girls can thank her for me being a "practical santa".
She had the biggest heart of anyone you would ever meet. Not only did she take care of us on Christmas but she would always bend over backwards and taught us to help others on Christmas.
I remember going shopping with her one year to buy Christmas gifts for a family with 3 young children that couldn't afford Christmas. It was Christmas PJs for everyone among other things, but man Christmas PJs were the best. (I don't know if my girls agree but they still get them every year.)
I always look forward to donating to the Toys for Tots program. She donated tons of her pillows she made to every year to them. I'll never forget when we ran into Mr. Snyder at one of her craft shows and telling him that she had pillows for him and hearing that he could always count on her for pillows for the Toys for Tots. Plus there were the pillows that she would send up to the Ronald McDonald house every year for the families there as well. I don't think you could ever find a heart as big as hers.
It was this time in 2011 when she was so ill that I decided to do an Adopt-A-Mom for Christmas program in honor of her.
After watching my mom for years and years along with being a single mom myself I knew that there really was nothing more important to a mom than to make our children happy on Christmas. But I also knew that sometimes us moms need a little pick me up once in a while to help make our little ones happy. Sometimes we put our families and their needs ahead of our own and life gets us down and that effects our whole family. In our darkest of days it is nice to know that someone cares and that we are important as well. When we are happy then we can truly make our children happy.
I would like to say that my intentions were entirely selfless, but they were not. A huge part of me started this because it was all I could think of to help me deal with my mom being so sick. By focusing on others and helping to lighten up their holidays i was hoping for a distraction. I did it with the hope of easing my pain along with the hope of passing on the kindness that my mom had taught me to my girls.
With the help of my wonderful family (of course my mom was the first one to donate when I started), friends and even strangers I was able to get enough in donations to donate gifts (smaller than I had hoped, but something all the same) to 45 single moms living in a shelter in Philadelphia, PA. I was also able to donate and personally deliver gifts to 10 local struggling single moms. I met some wonderful women that just needed to know that someone truly cares.
So, in honor of my Momma, Vivian A Fuller, We will have our 6th year for our Adopt-A-Mom Program.
I know that it may be early but I would like to get a head start with the hopes that we could help more women again this year. Please consider joining us for Ladies' Night as a vendor, guest, or even contact me for sponsorship options. You can buy your tickets here or purchase a ticket to donate even if you are not sure you can make it. The cost of a ticket will nearly cover a cost of a gift.
Anything you can give is great and greatly appreciated
I will also begin taking nominations for the Adopt-A-Moms. Share the story of a single or struggling mom using the nomonation form found in the sidebar on this page. I will not share names but I would love to share the stories so everyone knows the stories of the women whose holidays we can brighten. But if you wish to not have it shared please let me know. It is my hopes to give a gift to everyone that is nominated with everyone's help.
I will also be delivering gifts to the Moms at Joseph's House and The Ronald McDonald House (for the 2nd year) in Syracuse. I am also reaching out to Vera House if I can get enough moms adopted. It is my hopes to deliver 50-100 Mom gifts this year with everyone's help.
I would like to thank everyone in advance because with out you and your generosity it couldn't be done. I also hope that you all will have happy and healthy holidays surrounded by love and happiness of your friends and families. <3
Every year I learn so much about some amazing women that just need a little boost in spirit over the holiday. I am so touched by their stories. I know what it is like to do it all on your own. I know how alone it feels when we do it on our own. I…
Feedback from an adopted mom...
I just got home from visiting my best friend and there was a bag on my door from 2 ladies I don't know with some gifts and a beautiful touching letter. I don’t know them but thank you Pam and Monica…The letter touched my heart,the kindness of strangers did too.may you have a Merry Christmas, I am crying as I write this, it’s does show kindness and caring. Thank you again….God bless you.