The Columbus franchise of Two Men and a Truck is participating for the first time this year in the company's "Movers for Moms" program.

The Columbus franchise of Two Men and a Truck is participating for the first time this year in the company's "Movers for Moms" program.

The donation drive, which will run through Thursday, May 5, collects items to be delivered to women's and family shelters on Mother's Day.

The program is now in its fifth year, and franchises in 11 states have a goal of collecting 50,000 items to donate to families and mothers in need, according to Stephanie Clary, marketing manager for the local Two Men and a Truck franchise.

Movers for Moms collected 20,000 items in 2010 that were then delivered to 14 shelters in time for Mother's Day, according to the company's website.

"They tried to add quite a bit more this year," Clary said of the program's expansion to include more franchises.

The YWCA Family Shelter of Columbus is to benefit from the local drive, which is seeking "comfort items" such as soaps, hair styling products, shampoos and conditioner, pillows, blankets, robes and slippers, as well as more basic things like underwear and socks.

"No gift is too small," according to a press release on the local drive.

"In 2009, the Family Center served over 650 Columbus families, including more than 1,300 children," the YWCA website states. "Recognized by the National Community Development Association as a national model for emergency shelters, the Family Center is one of only four centers in the U.S. to offer such a high quality of support to families experiencing housing crises."

The center offers services to help families gain independence, including employment assistance, case management, housing placement and child advocacy, according to the site.

While Movers for Moms nationally is geared almost exclusively to collecting items of use to women, Clary said that the Columbus drive is also accepting donations of men's clothing because the YWCA Family Shelter assists entire families.

Donated items may be dropped off through May 5 at the following locations:

The headquarters of Two Men and a Truck, 5083 Westerville Road near Minerva Park.

OM Fitness Club at the intersection of Morse and Hamilton roads near Gahanna.

The four Tutor Times child learning centers in New Albany, Dublin, Gahanna and Powell.

Stor-All at 6800 Oak Creek Drive off Schrock Road west of Cleveland Avenue.

The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, 4219 N. High St.

Two Men and a Truck was started in the early 1980s in Lansing, Mich., by brothers Brig and Jon Sorber as a way of making a little extra money. The firm has grown from two teenagers with an old pickup truck to include a fleet of 1,300 trucks and is "the nation's largest franchised local moving company," according to the website.

For additional information about Movers for Moms, contact Clary at (614) 224-6693, ext. 154.