The Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving

When you ask your mom what she wants for Mother’s Day, is she the type that selflessly states, “Oh, nothing, dear. I already have everything I need.”? If so, good! Give love - Global Giving

I know what you’re thinking. “If my mom won’t tell me what she wants, how can I possibly get something that will make her happy?” Oh, but you can and it’s easy peasy!

What if I said you could buy her a present that honors her for the wonderful mother that she is, as well as helps save the lives of other mothers? Oh, and it’s green and eco-friendly too. Too good to be true? Guess again. 🙂

Earlier this week, Denise wrote at BlogHer about giving the gift of Maternal Health for Mother’s Day. And I thought to myself – it’s perfect (oh, and also – I’m so blogging this)!

For those of you who haven’t yet heard, BlogHers Act has teamed up with Global Giving in an effort to save as many women’s lives as possible between now and Mother’s Day. There are several worthwhile causes to support:

* Mother and Child Clinic in Nepal: $10 – 2 days’ operating costs for the Clinic OR a year’s worth of care for 5 women and children

* Help Afghan Women Deliver Healthy Babies Safely: $25 – 20 women will have improved quality of life through reproductive healthcare and education

* Ensure Healthcare for 40,000+ Displaced Darfurians: $25 – Trains 2 Traditional Birthing Attendants (includes 3 training sessions and training materials)

* Empower Women to End HIV/AIDS Stigma, South Africa: $50 – 2 women living with HIV/AIDS can receive counseling

* Noon Meal Improves Girls’ Learning in Burkina Faso: $15 – Provides a noon meal for 50 students for one day.

Once you’ve selected the cause you’d like to contribute to, enter the amount you want to give, click on the “give now” button and you will have the option of checking a box that says “Make this donation in honor of someone or send as a gift?.” You can then select if you’d like to send an e-card (hint, hint – save the trees!) or a paper card. Fill out the rest of the information and you’re done. 🙂

No frenzied trips to the store, no scouring the Internet, no commercialism, no “stuff,” and no worries. Just a wonderful gift to honor your mom and a chance at life for mothers on the other side of the world. You can’t go wrong with that. 🙂

And if you haven’t yet entered, please don’t miss out on my Earth-Mother’s Day huge green giveaway. You can enter to win until Mother’s Day.

16 thoughts on “The Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving”

  1. This is so cool. I was going through the same thing Denise was, and without having read her post, I asked my mother last night how she would feel about me giving a donation in her name for Mother’s Day. I did this for many reasons – she has everything she needs, she couldn’t think of anything she wanted, etc., etc. She was very receptive to the idea, especially when I told her I was going to be giving to a maternal health cause. I mean, what better way to honor your mother than by helping other women become healthy mothers themselves. So now, in addition to my little donation challenge, I’m also going to be donating in honor of my wonderful Mom. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Great post Amy! My mom ALWAYS says this! Now me, I actually say what I want! Massage, long hot shower, hot cup of coffee…etc! LOL!

  3. Most of our Christmas gifts for adults (and one for Reid) were donations to World Vision, World Wildlife Foundation or the Humane Society. These donations would fit right in that, except my mom has put in a request for a tree and that seems like a good gift to give, too. I hope you lead some to reduce “stuff” and help others.

  4. this is a great post. i do this for mother’s day and for father’s day too. i got the idea from Jewish Women International, which delivers flowers to battered women’s shelters on Mother’s Day. Some years I do their project, some years I choose other charities…I often do it for birthdays too. And if the organization doesn’t have cards (and sometiems if they do, as long as I have enough time), I make my own cards on Shutterfly with pics of the kids and then I put on the inside of the card information about the charity…it’s a big hit with the parents and others too…Plus, for kids/teens, have you seen there’s some great stuff out there…

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