The Other Mothers

Jul 11, 2011

A couple years ago, Amway celebrated the Christmas holidays by hosting foster families from across West Michigan at a special party just for them at our public museum.

Talking to foster parents at that event, we realized that these are some of the most selfless, caring and talented people I have met, and the impact they have on children – that may only be a temporary part of their lives – is immeasurable.

That’s why we were delighted to hear that the winner of the SOS Children’s Villages “Other Mothers” contest in the US went to a foster mother in Tampa Bay, Florida.

After raising six children of their own, Brenda Wenning and her husband Larry were licensed as foster parents. The day after their paperwork was complete, they were contacted about a sibling group of eight children. They said yes, and four years later, the children continue to grow and thrive under their care.

Amway has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages on various projects around the world, but this was the first time supporting a project in the US. What a great way for SOS Children’s Villages to celebrate the type of mother that cares for children in their Villages around the world.

Thanks to Marsha Champion and Lisa Vogt for sharing this story.

  • 1 Comment

    • Lisa Vogt says:

      To Jesse and all of the wonderful Amway staff –
      Thank you so much for your support of the Other Mothers Contest. This contest allowed us to highlight the contributions of those in our society who “mother” children when biological parents cannot while introducing thousands of people to SOS Children’s Villages.

      Wonderful blog post. Thank you!
      - Lisa Vogt

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