I know I’ve said it before but one of the things I truly love about this crazy world of blogging is the ability to give back to my own community.
Anytime I can show my kids the wonders of giving to others selflessly is a huge moment.
Like most moms I want my kids to grow up with a compassionate heart and the willingness to help those in need. So you can understand that when Pampers approached me with an opportunity to do just that I was more than happy to say yes.
In honor of their 50th birthday, Pampers has launched their Little Miracle Missions Campaign. The hope is that people will go out and find a way to celebrate, support or protect a new little miracle in your community. Throughout the next year Pampers will be posting a “mission” on their Facebook page with a number of commitments needed for each mission. When the commitments are met Pampers will then be giving back in even a bigger way!
To kick it off Pampers sent me a $50 Visa gift card to do something in my community. We instantly hit our local Walmart and purchased 3 boxes of Pampers diapers and I knew exactly where I wanted to take them.
Working in law enforcement I have experienced first hand what happens when a woman finally has enough courage to leave an abusive relationship. We may think it would be an easy choice to make but most often these women feel as if they have no other option but to stay. So when a woman does call for help, I will say it again, it is a huge act of bravery. Often they don’t have time to pack all the necessities they or their children need before they leave. Henderson House is our local advocacy center which runs a Domestic Abuse Shelter for women and children. They help women get back on their feet and provide counseling when needed.
This is where our donation was going to go. During the car ride there the kids and I talked about who the diapers were for and why we were giving them. Even at the ages of 6 and 4 my kids were extremely receptive. I answered any questions they had as candidly as possible. When we pulled up to the the offices of Henderson House, (the shelter location is kept secret for safety reasons,) the kids jumped right out and each grabbed a box of diapers to take in. I have to admit, I couldn’t contain a smile at how eager they were to help and my daughter kept talking about how the diapers were for the babies inside. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that there probably wouldn’t be any babies inside.
When we walked in we were met with such a warm reception that I instantly knew I had made the right choice.
The woman that greeted us was so appreciative. And wouldn’t you know it was at that moment that my daughter piped up and said, “There are for all the babies who’s mommies are brave.” I felt my smile grow really wide and I explained to the woman that we had been talking about what Henderson House is and who they help. She smiled and nodded then told my daughter that the babies would be very happy that she brought the diapers.
That was all it took for my daughter. You could just see the pride coming off her.
As we were leaving my son asked when we could bring more diapers to Henderson House. While inside I had grabbed the list of needs that they have and I told him that next time we’ll shoot for something else perhaps. 🙂
Now it’s your turn. Pamper and I want you to give back to your community so Pampers has another $50 Visa Gift Card to give to one special reader so that you can do good where you live.