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Day 92: The Spirit of Mothers

Mom’s for Mom’s

One of the greatest gift you receive by blogging are the people that you connect with both face to face and via the net. The Mom’s I have met in my own community have been so supportive of my mission with 365give. I have presented my Mom friends with many different opportunities to GIVE and they find the time to step up and GIVE along with me in whatever way they are able. My dear friend Sareh has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. She continues to amaze me with her support and commitment to 365give and to GIVING in her own life. She recently told me about a GIVE she and her “bookless book club” did in honour of another Mom. I wanted to GIVE them an outlet so you could hear what they did this holiday season. Instead of giving to each other they instead chose to GIVE to a Mom that doesn’t have the financial luxury to choose some of the educational classes she would like for her child. The “bookless book club” took the meaning of Christmas and took it to it’s highest level.

Give 92: Day 92

Hello 365give community,

We are a group of women who get together as much we can.  Sometimes we read a book and discuss it, but mostly we rejoice in our admiration for each other.  We are the bookless-book-club.  We have thrown baby showers for each other, bonded, laughed, talked, talked, and talked.  And on occasion we read.

We are a group of six women who met at a school.  Two of us were mothers of students at the school, three of us were teachers at the school, and one of us was the school secretary.  We formed friendships.  We admire each other, greatly.  We respect each other, tremendously.  And although our friendship does not span decades and stories of first boyfriends and sneaking out together, we have a deep true bond, which seems to span decades.

Every Christmas we get together to celebrate each other, our friendship, and Christmas. Every year we do a secret Santa, with a monetary spending limit of $20.  This year, we are all mothers and thus truly understand the challenges mothers face.  We are all in loving relationships, and have often pondered the double duty faced by single moms.  This year, in the spirit of giving; and to commend our fellow sisters who parent alone, we decided to pool our money together and give a gift to a single mom.

A few weeks prior to book club night, I had the pleasure of meeting an extremely loving, able, positive, and caring single mom.  She communicated the challenges she has faced trying to find affordable mother-and-child programs to attend with her son.  So bookless-book-club decided to give the gift of a music class to this loving Mother and child.

We tip our hats to single mommies everywhere.  You are an amazing bunch.

Love, the bookless-book-club

Time Commitment: 0

Cost: $20 per person which went from a small gift to each other to a huge gift for a Mom and her child

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)