4 Unconventional Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Sure, you can get your mom the usual flowers or take her out to dinner for Mother’s Day, but here are some unconventional ways to celebrate the day that can help other mothers as well. If your mom is no longer with you, these ideas are also a nice way to honor her memory.

Adopt a Mom

To help make sure every mom gets to celebrate her special day, the Ark, a nonprofit in Athens, Ga., has a program called Adopt a Mom. For a $25 donation, single mothers and moms with no family nearby will be given a bouquet and handwritten card donated by local sponsors. The entire donated amount is put into a fund that’s used all year long to help single moms with financial challenges.

“What we’re about is empowering people and wanting them to know how special they are,” Stephanie Cockfield, the Ark’s financial education director, told TODAY. “It takes a lot to come into an agency and ask for assistance…and that tugs at our hearts and makes us want to let them know we see what they’re doing and we want to show them they are not alone.”

To find out more about adopting a mom or donating to the Ark, visit its website.

Bail a Mom out of Jail

Across the country, thousands of people who haven’t been convicted of a crime are in jail cells because they can’t pay bail or post bond, while those who can afford it walk free. According to a study last year, innocent people who can’t make bail may plead guilty just to get out, and these prisoners are more likely to commit more crimes in the future.

The National Mamaís Bail Out Day campaign by Color of Change and Movement for Black Lives Policy Table is raising money so black mothers who are in jail for low-level offenses can come home the week before Motherís Day.

Local chapters have been holding fundraising events, and online donations are also being accepted.

Help a Mother Feed Her Family

In an effort to help end world hunger, Heifer International provides animals that produce products like milk, eggs, honey and wool to families in need around the world. “Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood,” notes the nonprofit’s website.

You can buy whole animals or a “share” of an animal to be donated to a family. For example, a goat is a $120 donation, while a share of a goat is only $10.

For Mother’s Day, all donations will be doubled. Visit the Heifer International website for more information.

Provide Diapers to Moms in Need

It can cost nearly $3,000 to diaper a child until they’re ready for potty training. For millions of low-income U.S. families, diapers aren’t covered by food stamps or other public assistance programs. Yet having a supply of clean diapers available can reduce the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases, improve the baby’s health, and allow the baby to participate in early childcare programs.

To help ensure that every baby has clean diapers, Help a Mother Out distributes them to families in need “through a network of social service partners including voluntary home visiting programs, facilitated parent support groups, family resource centers, and public health departments,” according to its website.

When you honor your mom by donating money or diapers for Mother’s Day, Help a Mother Out will send her a card acknowledging your generosity.

Photo credit: Aditya Romansa

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Jack Y
Jack Yabout a year ago

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Jack Y
Jack Yabout a year ago

thanks

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John J
John Jabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John Jabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

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Brittany Evans
Brittany Evansabout a year ago

LOVE these ideas! Lots of toxicity in my relationship with my own mother. Sad and unfortunate, but I'm determined to learn from her mistakes. I WILL NOT do or say to my daughter (or any of my children, for that matter) what's been done/said to me. That cycle ends with her. I will make mistakes, but I'm determined to break that chain and cycle of negativity!

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Telica R
Telica R1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sonia M
Sonia M1 years ago

Great article thanks for sharing

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ERIKA S
ERIKA SOMLAI2 years ago

Happy Mother's Day every day

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william Miller
william Miller2 years ago

Thanks

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