With Mother's Day fast approaching, I found myself not only wondering what I could do to honor my own mother, but how I could help other mothers in need within my community, and children facing unhealthy or dangerous life circumstances. The result of those queries has led me to this: Dear Mom - A Mother's Day Card Writing Workshop.
I am so very excited to share this with you all!
As a paper-lover, snail-mailer, and fan-of-moms (they're pretty awesome), I thought it made a lot of sense for me to do an event that centered on helping people with the sometimes difficult task of writing a nice card for their mom. Most of us do not have a relationship with their mother akin to Rory and Lorelai of Gilmore Girls, and that means it can really be hard to put pen to paper and write something meaningful and honest.
Some of us have great relationships with our mothers but have a hard time finding the words. Some of us want to use Mother's Day as an opportunity to take a step towards a better relationship with our mothers. And some of us aren't close to our mothers, and struggle to find something honest and positive to say that also does not put burden on either parent or child to build a relationship they are not (and may never be) ready for.
I will be hosting a little workshop where I talk through some strategies for selecting and writing a Mother's Day card that is appropriate for your relationship with your mother, and the proceeds will benefit a wonderful organization called Sanctuary for Families which works to serve victims of and ultimately eliminate domestic abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of gender violence. They not only provide shelter, counseling, and legal services for victims and their families, but actively work to disrupt cycles of violence and poverty.
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 27th, from 7pm-8pm at a wonderful stationery store called Papél New York. Papél is an independent, woman-owned small business, and they have so graciously opened their store to us and agreed to stay late to support this event. Please check them out on social, and give them some love for being so wonderful and supporting this great cause, either in person or online. (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)
You can find the Facebook Event here, which will direct you to the Eventbrite page where you can register to attend. You can also donate directly to Sanctuary through my event's Fundraising page on Crowdrise.
To register to attend the event, there is a minimum $5 donation to Sanctuary. You can donate more on top of that right there, or you may donate instead of registering if you don't plan on joining us for the workshop.
Please consider donating to this wonderful cause if you are able, or sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family. My goal is to raise $500 for Sanctuary so they can continue to do things like provide counseling to victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking, give shelter to families caught in abusive home situations, provide legal counsel for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, educate the community about how to identify and help stop human trafficking in their neighborhoods, provide parenting support, and economically empower survivors through educational advocacy and other programs that meet their unique needs.
If you're not able to donate, please consider ways you can help mothers in need this Mother's Day. I will follow-up next week with a list of ideas of how you can help mothers and others in need in your area!
I hope to see you at Papél New York on the 27th if you can make it, and please share the fundraiser so we can meet our goal!