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Consider a gift that gives this year for Mothers Day

ERIN PHEILspecial to the daily

One of the hardships I faced after graduating from elementary school was the fact that giving dear Mom a gift for Mothers Day was no longer an easy task. The years of macaroni-and-glitter-and-glue construction paper cards were behind me, yet I had no money to purchase a nice gift for her. Once I grew a bit older and started making some of my own money, I was able to purchase items to give my mom for Mothers Day; I showed her my appreciation with flowers and chocolates and other trite gifts. As the years continued on, though, it again became increasingly difficult to find a nice Mothers Day gift; I didnt want to give mom the same gift every year, yet I could never figure out what she wanted.And yes, Ive asked her directly. Mom, is there anything youd like this year for Mothers Day? Every time her response is Erin, you know I dont need anything. I already have everything I could ever ask for. Which is true. And if there ever happens to be anything at all she does want, shes taught herself how to use her credit card to make purchases from online stores, so she takes care of herself.This Mothers Day Im doing something different. Im really excited about it, actually, and I think that some of you might find this idea refreshing and useful as well.As my mom truly already has everything she needs, I decided to give a variety of gifts to the less fortunate in honor of my mom.First, I went to and clicked on the Our Store link on the left. I then selected the Gifts and Delights option, then clicked on Gifts that Give More. I purchased a Tsunami Rebuilding Mercy Kit in her name; the money I spent will be used to help the rebuilding of businesses destroyed in the Indian Ocean tsunami. I am receiving a full-color certificate in the mail with my moms name on it; I know shell be thrilled and happy to see that I spent the money helping others instead of (again!) purchasing her chocolate that would go straight to her hips. On the website, I could have also purchased a variety of other donation kits, including a Peace on Earth kit, a Child Nutrition kit, a Water kit, or an Africa Food kit. If your mom would appreciate a tangible gift from you, though, keep in mind that for every purchase you make at this online store (filled with jewelry, clothing, home and garden items, etc, the Hunger Site will donate a predetermined number of cups of food to those in need. Purchase a pink beaded bracelet for mom and the site will donate 25 cups of food; purchase a fragrant soap set and the Hunger Site will donate 50 cups.In addition to a donation made in her honor, Im also sending my mom a beautiful bouquet of gerbera daisies. And of course these arent just any flowers, mind you; I purchased these flowers from Organic Bouquet ( Organic Bouquet not only emphasizes the conservation of water and ecological resources, it promotes social responsibility and sustainable farming as well. The best part of all, though, is that when you purchase any one of the 21 bouquets offered in the Charitable Bouquets section of their website, the company donates 5 percent of the sale to a worthwhile cause. For purchasing the gerbera daisies, Organic Bouquet donated money to The National Wildlife Federation. Other charities the company donates to include MercyCorps, the American Humane Association, the Snow Leopard Trust, PETA, Project Hope, Americas Second Harvest, and Americares. If youre going to buy flowers for mom for Mothers Day, why not have a portion of the money youre spending go directly to a good cause?This Mothers Day, I ask you to consider giving a gift to your mother that gives more. See you next time, everyone.

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