If you follow my blog you know, a HUGE part of my journey with Thirty One is to help others. Sometimes it is a fundraising project, or a donation to an event or giving to someone who was just in need of some loving. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small goal or a HUGE goal, I want to help. As a result, I have been able to donate to various causes throughout the years.
This is not to toot my own horn. None of these projects would be possible if it were not for the support of my friends, family and customers. Individuals who believe in the cause, or just want to help. Okay, can you guess where this is leading…. YOU GOT IT!
Last year, for Easter, and for Mother’s Day we donated baskets to Dottie’s House. Dottie’s House is a transitional housing facility designed to aid women and children who have survived domestic violence. They proactively help these families develop the life skills needed to become self-sufficient for their future financial and emotional independence.
Why is Dottie’s House so special to me? I was a child of domestic violence…….. behind the doors of our seemingly normal middle class family, the was abuse. My dad was an alcoholic and my mom suffered the consequences sometimes – physically and verbally. Mom never left. In fact there was a time when dad left and because I was so clueless as to what was happening, I begged for him to come back. My mom took him back. My mom was brave for enduring the struggle. These women at Dottie’s House are brave for taking their kids and fleeing.
If you have children, think about how your hubby or your family make sure you have a special Mother’s Day. For many of the women at Dottie’s House, they do not have the same support system so Mother’s Day could be just another day. I want them to know they are special too.
So with the help of my family, friends and customers, we are putting together “pampering pouches” as Mother’s Day Gifts for these ladies. The goal is 31 since – 18 for the 18 units at Dottie’s House and the balance for the moms who have moved into their forever homes with Homes Now, Inc.
The $20 sponsorship will pay for the actual bag and I will use 100% of my commission to fill them with a variety of things like a fuzzy socks, notepad, pen, lotion, and chap stick. My friends in direct sales will also be adding pampering products to make these hardworking mommas feel special.
Since I began my “give back program”, over $10,000 in products and cash donations have been made to various causes. It fills my cup to know we have made the difference in the lives of so many people.
In addition, I am selling Domestic Violence Angel Awareness charms for $7 with the proceeds being donated to Dottie’s House.
Who is with me? For $20 you can bring a smile to a mom who is a survivor of domestic violence. The cut-off is April 20th so the bags will arrive in time to be stuffed and delivered on May 12th. This project is near and dear to my heart. It is a tribute to the women I know who have escaped and survived domestic violence.
You can sponsor a bag in memory of someone, in honor of someone or just anonymously. Payments can be made via check or through Paypal at hopesgiftcloset@@comcast.net as a friend/family. I can also accept credit card payments directly. Please complete the form for more details:
Won’t you help to make a difference today?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!