Maybe you're already feeling guilty about what you did or did not send your mom. Maybe you're reading this post right now wondering what I'm talking about. Consider this your last minute reminder: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, folks.
Depending on where you live (you lucky West Coasters have time on your side!), there is still time to drop something in the mail, call a florist, or send something through the internets that can show your mom how much you love and appreciate her. If you're looking for ideas or need some extra inspiration, here are some ideas.
Strong Families is a home for the 4 out of 5 people living in the US who do not live behind the picket fence—whose lives fall outside outdated notions of family, with a mom at home and a dad at work. Their vision is that every family have the rights, recognition and resources it needs to thrive. Join them in celebrating Mamas Day 2015 by sending a free e-card designed to recognize anyone who has been an inspiration to you.
Oxfam America, a nonprofit organization, who you may have heard of before, committed to creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice, and they have multiple ways that you can say Happy Mother's Day with a donation to support moms living in poverty, and in particular, those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal.
Heifer International works with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. They have several gift options under $100 that help to directly empower women by supporting women's groups, training in gender equality and providing the means to send girls to school.
Or, consider making a donation in their honor to these organizations, which support working moms, and families, maternal health, and women's rights generally through research, advocacy, and service:
- Ibis Reproductive Health is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to improve women's reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide through clinical and social science research.
- Global Fund for Women advances the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women's collective leadership for change.
- MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, partners with community-based women's groups worldwide facing war and disaster.
- Since 1972, the National Women's Law Center has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in this country by getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases all the way to the Supreme Court, and educating the public about ways to make laws and public policies work for women and their families.
Whatever you do, don't forget to take a moment and tell the moms in your life how that they are appreciated this Sunday. I know I've got some calls to make to my own!