Grassroots organization marks fifth year helping victims of domestic violence

As Antje Wegner sees it, for most women Mother’s Day might mean some flowers, chocolates, a cute card and maybe a homemade dinner if you’re lucky.

But Wegner’s heart is attuned to those whose Mother’s Day is far different, those in poverty or struggling with domestic violence.

Wegner, one of the founders of the grassroots Mothers and Others organization, spoke to two Introduction to Women’s Studies classes at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday — sharing the work of the organization and doing her part to spread awareness and warning signs of domestic violence.

This is the fifth year the group will be collecting necessities and gifts to stuff into handbags and backpacks for mothers and children in need in the Finger Lakes.

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