The COVID-19 pandemic stole a lot of events and moments that individuals planned for and were anticipating. Between March 2020 and May 2021, birthdays, graduations, promotions, church milestones, personal victories, and accomplishments have been impacted by COVID-19 in some shape or form.
The impact on the world was also seen in the gifting market which saw dynamic growth in 2020, reaching an estimated $250 billion last year just within the United States. With consumers in lockdown, many looked to Amazon, Walmart, Target, and other retail stores as the premier way of bridging the social-distancing gap to ensure families and friends were reminded that they are loved.
People were showered with more gifts in 2020 than in other years before, and mothers received much of their love through flowers, cards, candies, and gifts. With the knowledge that Mother’s Day is the second most gifted holiday after Christmas, Monte Newbill Sr., pastor of the Door of Hope Church in Pageland, S.C., and New Life Church in Rock Hill, S.C., and the men of the district took two days to ensure that the mothers within the district and communities felt and were reminded that they are loved, cherished, and respected.
The men delivered a card, a couple of roses, and vanilla or red velvet cupcakes to 96 mothers. As the Mother’s Day gifts were being presented, many smiles and hugs met the men; tears and slight sadness also became a reminder that many had lost their mothers during the pandemic. In a moment, this simple sign of love for the mothers created an opportunity to reflect on the gift of love and life. The two churches’ members praise God for mothers and all the love and work they do for many.
South Atlantic | July 2021