Friday, May 4, 2012

Share the Gift This Mother's Day

How do you plan to honor moms in your life on Mother's Day? We all know the standard gifts--flowers, jewelry, dining out. Sleeping in would be the gift of choice for flower shop ladies in my novel Delivery, since they work long hours creating Mother's Day bouquets. Moms across the nation will be thrilled with any one or all of those treats next Sunday.

My Favorite Gift: Family Time (Mother's Day, 2005)

But this year, why not add a new dimension? In our culture of abundance, why not give a gift that keeps on giving? Dozens of charities provide opportunities for us to honor moms we love while also helping others. Here are a few ideas worth considering:

1. For as little as $10, you can send a Mother's Day card to your special mom while also helping the St. Louis Crisis Nursery work to prevent child abuse and neglect through "emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis." Your gift will "help struggling mothers to care for their children and provide a safe and nurturing environment for those families in crisis." Click here for more info.

2. The International Rescue Committee invites you to select your price range ($18 and up) and your cause (health, education, emergency relief, rebuilding, or women and girls) to dedicate a rescue gift. The special mom in your life will receive a beautiful card and feel the joy in knowing that in her name, those less fortunate will receive a mosquito net, school supplies, livestock, food, clean water, medical care, or another gift of your choosing. Shop by clicking here. ("Order your printed card by May 9 to ensure delivery by Mother's Day or send an eCard within minutes.")

3. Choose from four styles of Mother's Day cards while also "helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives" through Women for Women International. Your contribution helps women in war-torn nations learn job skills to earn a living and become leaders in their communities. To choose and send your card, click here. (Hurry on this one! You must order by May 6 to ensure card delivery by Mother's Day.)

If none of these ideas resonates with you, a quick Google search should lead to one that does. Have a unique Mother's Day gift idea? Please tell us all about it the comment section below. Share the gift!

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