Two weeks from today, families across the nation will take time out to make their mothers queen for a day. Mother's Day has become an annual rite of spring that shows women everywhere how much they are appreciated.
But not every mother is so honored. Many, for various reasons, spend their special day alone and unheralded.
Ray Peterson wants that to end.
Peterson, owner of Toni's Breakfast and Lunch on U.S. 19, has been donating his time and expertise toward feeding Citrus County's truly needy through a special program he and his friends run through the restaurant.
Each week since the start of the year, Peterson has been creating wholesome gourmet meals that volunteers deliver on Wednesdays to about two dozen of the county's neediest residents.
The volunteers seek to help people who have fallen through the cracks, folks who don't fit into any special care programs.
Now, Peterson and his friends want to do the same for the overlooked moms in Citrus County.
Through their fledgling "adopt-a-mom" program, the group hopes to deliver a special meal to mothers who may not otherwise receive any recognition on their special day.
"We delivered Easter dinner to people," Peterson said, "and it got us thinking about Mother's Day, especially all of the overlooked moms."
To make this effort work, Peterson needs help from the community. The group is not connected with any government program and relies on donations.
Any money raised, he said, will go to prepare an upscale dinner for the women. He also hopes to give them a card and a flower, perhaps even a special dessert like cheesecake. "It's their day and they deserve it," he said.
If you are interested in helping, contact Peterson at 628-2800.