One of the best parts about becoming a mother is having this new, wonderous thing in common with millions of other women around the world. From the moms on your block to your Instagram feed to your same latitude on another continent, we are all part of one big community. But with that blessing comes a responsiblity too–to take care of each other. Luckily, we have some pretty impressive role models who are showing us how it’s done. This Mother’s Day, we’re recognizing some of the moms who are helping moms. Read on then go ahead and be one of them by giving a gift to a mom you may not know, but is part of your community nonetheless.
Christy Turlington, Every Mother Counts
After enduring a childbirth complication, Christy Turlington dedicated herself to addressing the maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Every Mother Counts aims to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Lend your support by purchasing one of Every Mother Count’s cool collaborative products (like this Rebecca Minkoff diaper bag), or donate directly here.
Jessica Seinfeld, Baby Buggy
She wanted to find a new home for her baby’s old stuff, so Jessica Seinfeld started a donation drive to redistribute the clothing and gear her daughter and friends’ children had outgrown. Fourteen years later, Baby Buggy has distributed more than 6 million baby cribs, strollers, high chairs and more to families in need around the country. The charity also provides job training, financial literacy classes, support and education. Find out how to give gear, time or money here. (Image source)
Julie Burns, Room to Grow
Founded as a 500-square foot space in the East Harlem, Room to Grow was committed to supporting the fundamental needs of babies born into poverty during their first three years. Julie Burns has since grown her philanthropy to serve more than 650 children and their families in both New York and Boston, by providing a warm and inviting space for parents to receive developmental information, customized support and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. Donate baby items, organize a drive, host a baby shower or donate here. (Image source)
LeAnn Morrissey, Operation Shower
Looking for a way to give back to the military, LeAnn Morrissey sent a card to four expectant mamas while their spouses were deployed. But she wanted to do more. So she enlisted family and friends to send a “shower in a box” as well. Her idea grew to the first unit-wide baby shower at Ft. Bragg, NC in June 2007, and now Operation Shower has hosted showers for more than 2,500 military moms-to-be. Find out how to volunteer, collect baby gifts or donate here. (Image source)
Casey Santiago, Kangu
After safely giving birth to two healthy babies, Casey Santiago felt frustrated that so many women around the world lack access to clean facilities and trained professionals during pregnancy and childbirth. She founded Kangu as a crowdfunding platform that lets you contribute to a specific pregnant woman’s access to clean, life-saving healthcare services, before, during and after delivery. Fund a mama directly here.