Last year, $14.6 billion was spent on Mother’s Day presents. Just think what 1% of that could do if given to a charity Moms (and Dads) love! Thanks to Holly Pavlika’s Moms4Moms initiative fueled by the incredible support of the online and offline Moms community, we have the chance to make a real difference for Moms in need.
This initiative is a great example of what I love most about the Moms community — the natural tendency toward helping and giving to others instead of asking “what can this do for me.”
More than any other community I have experienced, the ”brand” message that comes across to me is one of “true” community and support that has organically and authentically evolved. The offers of teaching, guiding, and mentoring to others in the community is always at the forefront and this group is always living by the maxim that “a rising tide carries all boats.”
I am proud to be part of this community as one of the “Moms” spreading the word about Moms4Moms Day! I’m not suggesting that we stop celebrating Mother’s Day in our own homes, just that we spend less on those celebrations and donate that money instead to everymothercounts.org. I mean, let’s face it, how many Moms need another crock pot, pashmina scarf, or floral arrangement… nice things to have, but clearly we can find a better use for some of those dollars.
Why the focus on helping Moms? Look at these statistics and see if they surprise you as much as they did me!
- · The U.S. ranks 50th globally in maternal health care (!!!!)
- 15% of all pregnancies result in a potentially fatal complication during labor or delivery, and
- We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths (they’re often simple, common-sense, affordable solutions).
We now have amazing technology through social media to spread the word quickly and widely about things that matter to us. Please make Moms4Moms one of your initiatives and let your networks know, encouraging your contacts to get involved to make a real difference for Moms!
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~Washington Irving
Let’s give back this Mother’s Day to those Moms who cannot help themselves…
Great post and shocking statistics. So agree! Thank you Ted.
This was a joy to be a part of – and so important. Thanks for continuing to spread the word.
I loved being part of the moms4moms chat. The statistics were shocking and I had no idea of how low the US ranked! What an amazing thing to be involved in Ted.
I am happy to say that this Mother’s day I did not receive a gift, but decided to give the money to a mom-friend of mine who wants to go on a mission trip to reach women and children in need in Haiti this July.
Thanks for writing this, and reminding us that there is a bigger cause and purpose to motherhood and mother’s day than owning “things”… but doing good for other mothers.
Thank you all for your comments. This is a great initiative and Mother’s Day was just the start. There will be another Twitter party on the 23rd for another cause… stay tuned 🙂