Foot massages and manicures.
Hairstyling and handy tips.
The list of pampering went on and on at a recent event designed to fete single mothers.
About 250 single moms were treated like royalty as part of the Single Parent Support Network's 2012 “Queen for a Day” activities at United Methodist Church of the Servant, 14343 N MacArthur.
Rhonda Thomas, of Oklahoma City, the network's founder, said the eighth annual event was perhaps the best yet, particularly because it was held at the spacious northwest Oklahoma City megachurch through the graciousness of the church's women's ministry leader, the Rev. Robyn Goggs.
“I think just the energy in the event was one of hope, like an anticipation of great things to come,” she said.
Thomas said the main goal of “Queen for a Day” is to give the parents respite, fun, encouragement and some information “that they can take into the real world as they raise their children.”
“The day is really to help refill them so that they can continue to pour out,” she said.
Highlights of the day included a presentation by Yvonne Pennington, an author, child and adult psychologist, marriage and family therapist, who is the mother of television celebrity Ty Pennington. Thomas said.
A group of speakers talked to the mothers on a variety of topics during the event's breakout sessions.
Thomas said more than 200 volunteers helped make the event happen. With child care provided for the mothers, the moms were treated to a day just for themselves. Volunteers such as those from Church of the Servant gave foot massages to some single moms. Other moms gathered information and shopped at vendors' booths set up in the church's spacious atrium-lobby area.
Single mother Nicole Moore, of Oklahoma City, said she loved everything about the event.
“They had ‘knights' escort us in to breakfast, and they handed us roses,” Moore said. “All the hostesses and speakers have been wonderful. It's been beautiful, and I'm loving it.”
Another participant, La Tonjia Roberts, echoed Moore's sentiments.
“I come every year, and I love it,” she said. “Anytime I can come to a single parent event, I do it.”
Volunteers Crystal Smith and Michelle McGhee, with City Reach, an outreach ministry of The Gate Church, said they coordinated a salon area where about 25 hairstylists from across the city, plus several cosmetology students from Francis Tuttle Technology Center, shampooed and styled hair, and moms were treated to manicures.
Smith said they also set up a boutique area where mothers were able to shop for clothing to coordinate a “makeover” outfit.
Kathy Miller, co-pastor of The Gate Church, said she and her City Reach volunteers were excited about the day for single moms.
She said in addition to the salon and boutique, they also offered Zumba fitness classes, as well as sessions on health and wellness, how to dress for an interview and the importance of inner healing.
“We were offered the opportunity because we just wanted to help single moms and do whatever we could to help,” she said. “We wanted to help the outer person plus the inner person. We wanted to do the whole person.”