Give the Gift of Hope

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 16, 2011

Even though Mother’s Day is over, we can still celebrate the sisterhood of motherhood. In fact, Nestlé Family is hosting a special Facebook program that helps us honor the special moms in our lives while simultaneously raising donations and awareness for Mercy Housing.

In case you are not familiar with Mercy Housing, let me tell you a bit about it :: Mercy Housing is a national organization that is working to create a more humane world where poverty is alleviated, communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential through affordable housing and supportive programs.

Nestlé Family has provided me with three $50 charitable gift cards. The cards allow the recipient to donate to one of thousands of charities, including Mercy Housing. Nestlé Family sent me three cards, so I could keep one, honor a mom who’s special to me by giving the second gift card to her and finally, I get to give the final $50 to one of you!

Win it!

To enter to win the third $50 charitable gift card, please leave up to one comment for each of the following, before 9pm (PT) on May 20th:

  • Tell me about a charity that is near and dear to your heart.
  • Tell me about a special mom who you look up to and admire. It doesn’t have to be your own mom, but it certainly can be!
  • “Like” the Nestlé Family Facebook page and honor a mom.

Please leave your email address in the space provided when you leave a comment, so the charitable gift card can be sent to you should you win.

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Christie May 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

There’s so many, but right now, I feel impacted by Mercy House Kenya, a maternity house founded by a blogger–Kristen Welsh.

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Christie May 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

And inspiring mom…I have to say my own, for so many reasons…

Another inspiring mom is a friend of mine–she is a mother of 9, who homeschools all of them!!

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Jan Messali May 18, 2011 at 1:48 am

One of the charities that is close to my heart is Africa Water and Life… providing running water in remote villages in Ethiopia.
janmessali (at) gmail.com
Jan Messali´s last blog post ..Hellmanns Build Your Perfect Sandwich Sweepstakes

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Jan Messali May 18, 2011 at 1:49 am

A special mom is my neighbor, Ellie, who is a widow and raising two children on her own.
janmessali (at) gmail.com
Jan Messali´s last blog post ..Hellmanns Build Your Perfect Sandwich Sweepstakes

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Carissa May 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I would totally donate this to JDRF, living with a diabetic for over 17 years, I’m all about helping the research MOVE along faster. He’s on a pump, uses a glucose monitor and we are WELL aware that these things come about because of research..

Helps that I used to be a research scientist as well.

we GET this. YAY to Nestle!

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Carissa May 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Wow a mom.. of course I have to talk about my own mom.

She raised 10 children! She is the most patient loving person I know.

She can sew, quilt, cross stitch, knit, crochet, and pretty much anything crafty she’s done it , mastered it and still amazes me!
(She sewed my wedding dress folks!)

She is still giving back, recently my grandmother (her MIL) moved in with my parents, grandma suffers from alzheimers. And while it’s hard work physically and mentally my mom still does it and rarely complains.

I only hope I can give back to my mom someday the way she has given her whole life. :)

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Candice @ Fashionably Organized May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Well see now there is the ASPCA that I always support, but my son’s Charter school is also a charitable organization, and they are always in need of funds. I feel like giving to the school that provides my son w/an amazing education might be the way to go.
Candice @ Fashionably Organized´s last blog post ..Old Navy Toddler Summer Clothes

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Rebecca Shockley May 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

A charity close to my heart is the local one that has helped me out on a few occasions. Neighbors Inc. located in South Saint Paul, MN is not just an organization or charity they are the most wonderful, kind people you could ever meet.

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Kate May 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

A charity that I love is CFCA, the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, because they do such great work around the globe.

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Kate May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

My mom is the best, for so many reasons!

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kolpin May 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

sound mental health has always been near & dear to me because they took great care of a relative of mine who had mental health issues, but I think I’d donate this money to help japan’s earthquake victims

kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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kolpin May 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

my aunt is like a 2nd mom to me…even though she didn’t need to fulfill that role, she did
kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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Julie L May 20, 2011 at 2:56 am

There is a shelter for homeless people here in our town of Jackson Michigan who I would love to help -they are many families staying there with infants and small children

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Julie L May 20, 2011 at 2:58 am

I am sorry I my first post didn’t show up.so I wrote another one-now I see both showed up-If u don’t wind could you please delete this second one-thanks and I am so sorry

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Julie L May 20, 2011 at 3:00 am

I truly admire and love my mom with all my heart…but there is another woman who is so dear to my heart-I was born and raised in NYState and moved to Michigan when I got married over 28 years ago…Pat took me under her wing and became my second mom-now she has moved out of state…I love and miss her so much

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Angela Q May 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

I love the idea of giving back to the community. I don’t have a favorite charity per se, but I love this non-profit org that focuses on dance as a way to keep kids off the street…culture shock dance center! I’d share the gift card with them because I love what they do in my community for kids and adults. Dance is a fun way to teach kids a variety of lessons, some are very good at it and pursue it as a career!
Angela Q´s last blog post ..Dear Pinky A text from Auntie Chicka

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Angela Q May 20, 2011 at 6:13 am

I love my mom, she is amazing…I don’t give her a lot of credit or tell her too often, but I do love her. She is my hero, she is always there for me and I cannot think of anyone else I’d like to honor.
Angela Q´s last blog post ..Dear Pinky A text from Auntie Chicka

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Julie L May 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

A charity that is dear and near to my heart is Make A Wish foundation

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Donna Cairns May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I am a big fan of PETA
Donna Cairns´s last blog post ..Softsoap Deal- 2-2 at CVS 5-22

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deanna May 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

My friend wanted to adopt a baby. She was living in Russia at the time while her husband was playing basketball. They went to an orphanage and saw the terrible conditions and decided to start a foundation to help the children. Little Heroes Foundation. They have helped in schools, hospitals, you name it…for the kids!

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deanna May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

My mother has always been so giving. I didn’t realize it until I was older. I remember she gave one of our couches away when I was young because we had two and a family nearby didn’t even have one. At that age, I thought “hey that’s ours!” But later I realized her heart was SO big! She is my hero!
xoxoxo
deanna´s last blog post ..DRIVERS LICENSE

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deanna May 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

liked the Nestlé Family Facebook page & honored a mom
xoxoxo
deanna´s last blog post ..DRIVERS LICENSE

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Belinda May 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Our family has given to Gospel for Asia. They provide families in poverty stricken countries with things like chickens, goats, clean water, Bibles and sewing machines. Not only does it provide food for the families but it also provides a source of income. We like it because you can help so much with just a little. At Christmas, we looked at the options as a family and decided to get chickens and Bibles. My sons then asked if they could use money out of their piggy banks to also get materials for vacation Bible school. I was so proud of my boys!

mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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Belinda May 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A mom that I greatly admire is my friend Kristi. She is the leader of the small MOPS group (there are only 5 of us!) I have attended for the last 3 years. Last summer, she and her husband lost their 4 year old daughter very suddenly. I can not fathom the anguish they felt. She has 2 other children, a 6 year old daughter at the time, a 5 month old son. The strength and incredible faith she showed during that time amazed me. She told me that there are days she wants to just crawl in a hole but she gets up and faces each day for her other two children. She did everything she could to make things easier for them and to nurture them during an extremely difficult and emotional time. She is one of the most giving people I know and she is such a blessing to everyone. She continues to lead MOPS and does a fantastic job. Her faith in God is such an inspiration to me!

mikebelindaconnor at hotmail dot com

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Katherine C May 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Like the charity of Doctors without borders.

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Katherine C May 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

My mom is amazing. She did a great job raising five kids and always puts everyone else before others. She is aways giving service

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