Today I’m sharing information about a way you can help make a difference through a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party with LLS (the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). My friend Nicole shared the details below with me, but doing good for those with cancer is near and dear to my heart. Many of you may not know this, but my cousin Tracy lost her battle with cancer in February. This year, my cup of tea will be in her memory.
Today’s post is brought to you by Naot Gives Back.
What’s not to love about shoes? Even better when those shoes bring good things to this crazy world, right? Next weekend, you have a chance to do just that with the Naot Gives Back event happening at Littles Shoes in Squirrel Hill.
This summer, I got to meet some of the team from Wild Republic, makers of nature-related toys and gifts. They’ve asked me to share the information below as a way you can give back during your holiday shopping.
Wild Republic is teaming up with Project Night Night, a charitable organization that provides blankets, books and toys to children in homeless shelters across the United States. From November 16 – December 16, all purchases of $35 or more on their site will get:
Disclosure: Below is information that was provided to me about the SIMPLEGiving program. I chose to participate on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that 16 million American children live in poverty? Many of these kids don’t have reliable access to the nutritious snacks that help them thrive and succeed both academically and socially.
Think of five children you know. Mine can be two of them, why not.
Of those five children, it’s likely that one of the five is affected by Childhood Hunger (based on a stat that I was given for this post).
Now think about you as an adult. How does it feel when you are hungry? Not so good, right? Likely, you’re able to get yourself something to satisfy that hunger (and if you’re not, head on over to www.pittsburghfoodbank.org to get some assistance – it’s a judge free zone). But that feeling of hunger is not so fun. When I am hungry, I am mean and unstable. I can’t think. I can’t do anything but crave food NOW.
The Pajama Program is an organization that I just heard about and wanted to share with you.
What is the Pajama Program? According to their website, their mission is:
Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shufﬂed often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children we serve are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter.
Six years ago, I had a big decision to make. A choice. Luckily, I knew that while my choice wasn’t going to be accepted by everyone in my life, there were plenty of people who supported me and would help me as I faced being a single mom.
Pittsburghers, we are fortunate to have organizations that help women with their choices. We’re also fortunate to have organizations that support families in need. (This is one of the many reasons I moved back here – I knew that if my family and I couldn’t make it work on our own, others would be there to help.) Today, I’d like to share with you a fundraiser that supports organizations like this: Women’s Choice Network and Young Lives Three Rivers.