“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”—Stevie Wonder
Leave it to one of the most poetic musical legends to remind us that there isn’t a woman on Earth more important than our dear mom—her love forever blossoming in our hearts and souls. For Mother’s Day, YouCaring is celebrating the moms around the world who give so unconditionally, striving to empower their children with values such as courage, ambition, honesty, love, respect, tolerance and compassion.
So many kind people in the YouCaring community have launched campaigns to help loving mothers facing hardship or in need of assistance. We honor all of these campaign organizers and the wonderful women who are so devoted to their children and families. For Mother’s Day, we encourage you to donate to their campaigns or start a free online fundraiser for a mother who is dear to your heart.
Here are just a few of the great fundraisers dedicated to mothers:
She’s nearly at the halfway mark of her fundraising goal of $10,000. Click here to brighten Kelly’s day.
Friends of Elizabeth Dessureault, a courageous mom-to-be in Fort McMurray, Canada, have come together to help ensure she has the means to continue her battle against cancer. Last year, Elizabeth married the love of her life and soon received news that they were expecting their first child. At 26 years old and five months pregnant, the high school teacher, who never smoked, was diagnosed with a progressive form of lung cancer.
“Her students mean the world to her, and they adore her,” her high school colleagues say of Elizabeth. “She is a fighter, and she sprung into action with her family by her side.”
As Elizabeth undergoes treatment in Canada, she and her family are also looking into alternative treatments and surgical options in the U.S., which come at a higher cost. Nearly $45,000 of a $50,000 goal has already been raised through the YouCaring fundraiser started to support Elizabeth.
Click here to make a difference for a mom-to-be.
Team Josephine Magana: Support Her Fight Against Cancer
Teresa Magana of Ceres, Calif., launched a YouCaring fundraiser to help her mom Josephine with expenses for medical care that she needs to fight ovarian and pancreatic cancer.
“I admire my mom for her strength, love for her family and others, her hard work, great cooking, big heart to help those in need and her no-quit attitude when hit with adversity,” Teresa says of her mom.
Click here to lend a hand to Josephine.
Help My Mom Start Youth Programs and Services in Jamaica
Shauna Tulloch believes her Jamaican-born mother is the personification of love, support and care, having provided for the family while earning four graduate degrees. Shauna hopes to raise $12,500 to fund her mom’s dream of moving back to Jamaica to build a school and provide youth with educational programs and services through collaborative partnerships.
“My mother is my No. 1 inspiration,” says Shauna, who went to a top university thanks to her mom’s support.
Now she wants to return the favor. To donate to the Jamaica Cares Project and help Shauna’s mom realize her dream, click here.
Stephanie Stout, a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, and several partner organizations, hope to lift the spirits of dozens of elderly women this Mother’s Day. Stephanie’s campaign is aiming to raise $1,500 to surprise women in assisted living facilities with gifts this Sunday. $35 will sponsor a special gift basket for one resident, but any donations are appreciated.
Click here to spread the love for a mom in assisted living.
Explore hundreds of other mom-centric YouCaring fundraisers or start a free online fundraiser of your own. Through the power of compassionate crowdfunding, we can make a difference for the women—the “flowers of love,” in the words of Stevie Wonder—who have so powerfully and positively impacted our lives.
Hope springs—and blooms—eternal!