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Be That Woman. Be Change

Be That Woman.  Be Change

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time that encourages reflection and appreciation–particularly appreciation for the people who have touched our lives in some fashion.  Whether it be a teacher, a mentor, a parent or friend, we’ve all got someone who was there for us in a time of need.

At least, that’s an easy assumption to make.  But, as the Washington Area Women’s Foundation highlights in a new campaign, that’s not always the case for many women. 

To kickoff the holiday giving season, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation has launched the “Be That Woman” campaign to encourage women to be role models and help less fortunate women, especially single mothers, become economically stable.  The campaign centers around this animated public service announcement showing how community support enabled one mother to become self-sufficient and how she, in turn, helped another struggling woman.  I think you can see the direction of the message.

While the message is targeted toward women, the themes are universal.  Reaching out, lending a hand, and simply living by example are powerful ways to enact positive change on both a local and a global scale.

It goes well beyond the cliche to say things are tough right now, but they are, particularly for single mothers.  Maybe even for you.  When you think you can’t help because you don’t have the money to give or the time to dedicate, think again.  Even the smallest of gestures can and will make a difference, not just in the life of one woman, but potentially in the lives of many women.

So this Thanksgiving season lets not forget the power of reaching out.

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5:00PM PST on Dec 2, 2009

A very touching and heartwarming video. So true-we can all reach out and pay it forward. I know; I raised 3 children as a single parent myself and I don't know what I would have done had I not been the receipient of acts of kindness and caring. Now I try to pay it forward, many years later. I think I'll even try harder now...

9:42AM PST on Nov 30, 2009


11:56AM PST on Nov 29, 2009

Video is touching . I was a single mother well.... divorced one and had to support my son by myself. I remember that once I got paid and had to pay my rent for the place that we had, paid gas for the car, bought groceries and when I went back home ....... I only had $ 10.00 dlls. left until my next pay day - every two weeks - and my son ( he was 16 at the time) wanted or needed pants, surprised !!!! no money left but at least fully stomachs. We - humans - are self-centered and as a result we think that we suffer a lot but there are cases that women really suffer and still do NOT complaint but we can see the suffering on their faces. WOMEN from all Nations are amazing !!!!!! so PLEASE , PLEASE when you have a chance to be kind ,help one , protect one, smile at one because we never know which path are they walking right now besides it is free of any charge and doing so makes you BE a better person.!!!!!!! Thanks and I do know that you'll be doing the right thing.

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