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Wreaths With a Reason: Gifts that Give Back

Mary Ann Deitcher Is Making a Difference, One Wreath at a Time

Mary Ann Dietschler hardly could have imagined that a visit to a bookstore would lead her on a life-changing journey. More than ten years ago, the Agawam resident was poking around a used bookshop when she found a book on the Underground Railroad. The book sparked Mary Ann’s interest in saving people from oppression and got her thinking about what her role might have been at that time. These thoughts and ideas persisted, and Mary Ann decided to take action.

Mary Ann researched local nonprofits and discovered a nearby group, The Underground New England, dedicated to saving women and children from sex trafficking. The UGNE provides prevention tools and awareness programs to engage and equip the community into action against sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Each year, UGNE helps free hundreds of children and adults from trafficking and helps hundreds more understand the threats and dangers of exploitation. According to UGNE CEO and founder Annmarie Boulay, sex trafficking occurs in all communities.  

The group’s mission spoke to Mary Ann. She began supporting UGNE by sending regular donations, but realized that she could have a much greater impact. When a friend suggested that she could sell her home-crafted wreaths for profit, the pieces fell into place. Since its creation in 2014, Wreaths with a Reason has donated more than $100,000 to UGNE—money generated through creation and sale of decorative wreaths. “Mary Ann is a generous partner,” says Annmarie. “Every dollar that she gets, she sends off to the antitrafficking movement. Her generosity is remarkable, and her work is beautiful.” Annmarie notes that although the antitrafficking work is hard, within it there are beautiful things. “Mary Ann's work blesses us,” she says.

In the years since Wreaths with a Reason was established, the group has grown to include X volunteers who have created and sold more than X wreaths. Customers can purchase these original creations through the Wreaths with a Reason website, wreathswithareason.com, or at the in-person sales events held quarterly at Mary Ann’s home in Agawam. To support UGNE directly, visit them at theundergroundne.com.

  • Wreaths With a Reason has autumn wreaths perfect for your home or gifting
  • Mary Ann Dietschler, founder of Wreaths With a Reason
  • Mary Ann Dietschler, founder of Wreaths With a Reason
  • Wreaths With a Reason has autumn wreaths perfect for your home or gifting
  • Wreaths With a Reason has autumn wreaths perfect for your home or gifting