Yesterday I thought about just reposting last year’s Boxing Day post, but thought that might be a little too sloth like so decided to curl up and sleep instead. Then this morning Help A Mother Out sent out an email (you can see it here as a post) , an email that fits perfectly with the whole Boxing Day theme along with the New Year Resolution idea, and it reminded me that I was long overdue in my thanks to you.
First the thanks:
To those reading who have supported Help A Mother Out here in Arizona,
In late October the President of the Board of Directors for the Diaper Bank invited me out for coffee (I had a nice herbal tea). What she told me, astounded me. Between the various events Learn to Knit, TucsonMama Mother’s Day Diaper Drive (you can find my Italy blog through this link), Clothing Exchange, and Cinema La Placita Diaper Drives and general donations, we (as a group) have been one of the top fund-raising and social media awareness-raising groups for the Diaper Bank. The president wanted to extend her thanks. So from her, from the babies whose behinds are now covered, from the families who have to worry just a little less,and from me, a huge heartfelt thank you.
Okay back to the email. Check out who it is from. Yep, I’m one of those folks signing off at the bottom. All pretense of internet anonymity has evaporated. I must admit that my contributions to the email are um, minimal. There are some folks putting in a lot of hours into this effort. It is impressive the impact that Help A Mother Out has made in the past 18 months, and the potential of what we can do in the next year – with your help. So if you’re able, consider becoming a sustainer with a monthly donation. It can be just $5 as a Mother’s Helper or you can have a larger impact. Anything helps.
In the coming year, your support will help Help A Mother Out build the Safety Net Fund so we can bulk purchase diapers at significant discounts; establish a Rapid Response Fund, which will enable us to address diaper need during times of emergency in California and nationwide; and continue to grow our national grassroots network of moms, advocates, and supporters.
Now I’m not bringing in an income our ability to help financially is limited, but I have some Help A Mother Out projects in the planning stages that I’d love some help with if you’re up for it. Help that isn’t necessarily monetary in nature. Through Help A Mother Out I’ve realized I can, with the help of friends and family, make a huge impact and I don’t have to have a large pocket-book to achieve it. That we aren’t powerless. That contributions, however small, make a difference. I’ll come back to the projects in the New Year. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.