Love on a 'difficult day': Broncos' mothers get unexpected flower deliveries, virtual hugs from strangers
Laurie Thomas is feeling the strength, power and love from mothers all over the world today.
The mother of Evan Thomas, one of 16 people killed in the Humboldt Broncos' team bus crash, was struggling in the lead-up to Mother's Day.
"Us moms, with the Broncos, today seems extra hard just because it's fresh. It's five weeks and two days, and we keep expecting them to walk through the door and hug us and say, 'Hey Mom.'" she said. "For a few of us, that's not going to happen this year."
No matter how busy they were rushing to hockey and ball practice, Evan — one of the 16 people killed in the Broncos' team bus crash — would always take a minute to hug his mom and wish her a happy Mother's Day.
But knowing Evan wasn't around to give his mother a hug, other mothers wanted to step in and fill the gap.
So Team Hockey Moms, a group with members from Canada, U.S., and other parts of the world, delivered 55 bouquets to those impacted by the crash, and virtual hugs with a social media campaign that saw several women sending messages of love and support to their fellow mothers.
"When the flowers arrived, it brightened my day," said Thomas through tears, of the unexpected flower delivery she received on Saturday. "I really appreciated the fact that all the hockey moms out there were thinking of us hockey Bronco moms. It was beautiful."