The folding of the national organization Mothers & More meant the chapter in Summerville, South Carolina also became defunct — and with that occurrence, the Summerville chapter donated the just over $4,000 still in its coffers to Postpartum Support Charleston.
"There was no way to know if we would see any of that money again, but when we got the call that the majority of the funds we worked so hard to raise here locally were able to stay close to home and benefit other mothers in the Lowcountry, we were elated," Keri Scougale, forner co-leader of the Summerville Mothers & More chapter, said. "As a chapter that was thriving, the closing of Mothers & More was very upsetting to all of us, but we're glad to see something good come out of it. We are proud and honored to be able to help Postpartum Support Charleston and support their mission."
Postpartum Charleston, a mostly volunteer-run organization, assists new mothers with mental health issues like postpartum depression and anxiety.
"This generous donation from Mothers & More Summerville chapter will allow our organization to do so much for mothers in the Lowcountry suffering with postpartum depression and anxiety," Elaine DeaKyne, Postpartum Support Charleston board president, said. "Not only will we be able to provide more grants to mothers looking for financial assistance with therapy, but this will gives us an amazing opportunity to give back to the Summerville community. We have long talked about bringing a support group and providing more outreach materials to the Summerville area, and this money will allow us to continue spreading our message and offering much needed support to this community."
The members of the Summerville Mothers & More chapter have formed a new group, Summerville Moms, which Scougale is spearheading.
More information about postpartum depression is available online at www.PPDSupport.org.