There are so many holidays where we give family members gifts – birthdays, Christmas and Chanukah, and Mother’s and Father’s Day to name a few. How many material gifts do we really need to give. With everything going on in this world, wouldn’t it be a great idea to give a Mother’s Day Gift that helped others.
I recently wrote about honoring your mother by purchasing and personalizing a patch on a quilt being made by the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. However I wanted to give you a wider range of ideas on how you could help others through your Mother’s Day Gift.
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1. Every Mother Counts – Founded by Christy Turlington Burns, the mission of Every Mother Counts is to end preventable deaths from pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Pregnancy is the number one cause of death for women ages 15 – 19 in the developing world. (I will be writing much more about this organization in the future).
However, for now, I wanted to call your attention to a wonderful campaign that Every Mother Counts has created for a Mother’s day greeting – “Give Mom a Thought“. You know how when you give your mother a gift, she will say “its the thought that counts”. Well they have created a Pinterest board just for you to share your thoughts with her and let her know how much you appreciate her. There are pins already made with very cute sayings. You can just choose one and then write something personalized below in the comments section. Your mom does not have to be on Pinterest to see it. You can then mail it to her.
And all of this is free. However, while you are already on the Every Mother Counts website, it would be nice to make a donation and help other mothers also.
2. WaterAid – I’ve written about WaterAid a few times already, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to have clean water. In fact many of the women who die during pregnancy and childbirth (above) do so due to lack of clean water. WaterAid has made up a Mother’s Day page where you can buy a specific gift (such as $25 to give one person water for life) and you can either print out a card or they will send an e-card with the details of your gift. This way mom will know exactly what the gift was and not just a monetary amount.
3. Heifer International – Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty. You can buy an item that will help somebody in need. There is a Mother’s Day gift page with a variety of choice’s such as animals, clean water, education and food.
4. Unicef Inspired Gifts – I think almost everyone has heard of Unicef. Whichever gift you choose will actually be sent out. None of the gifts are symbolic. They created a Mother’s Day list which includes Mosquito Nets to Save Lives, Story Books for Happy Endings and a Birthing Kit to Safely Deliver 50 Babies. All gifts are sent where children need them most.
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5. Changing The Present – Donate money to a cause in your mom’s name. What is different about Changing the Present than the above is that you have a wide range of charity’s on the website that you can select from. Personalized greeting cards and e-cards include a photo and description of your gift. Or better yet, you can tell your mother that you are going to do this and she can create a gift registry or wish list on the Changing the Present website and pick out the specific causes she wants to help! And if you are a mom reading this, make your own wish list or registry and tell your kids to shop there.