Tag Archives: Mother’s Day

Gifts for mom that give back to great causes

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Flower Shops.

A better way to buy flowers

Purchase Mother’s Day flowers and gifts through Phoenix Flower Shops (delivery nationwide) and Children’s Action Alliance receives 10 percent of the purchase price.

CAA also operates an e-store where you can purchase beautiful pottery pieces created by local youth artists. Though it’s too late to have items shipped in time for Mother’s Day you can still pick up pieces from the Phoenix office. Contact Amy Kobeta at 602-266-0707 x202 or akobeta@azchildren.org.

CAA advocates for the health, education and security of Arizona children at the state capitol and in the community.


One of four card designs from Maggie’s Place.

Honor the mothers you know with special Mother’s Day cards and/or charms from Maggie’s Place. Phoenix-based Maggie’s Place provides houses of hospitality for expectant women who are homeless or alone and who wish to achieve their goals — for themselves, and for their child — in a dignified atmosphere. Learn more.

[NOTE: We published a story about Maggie’s Place in our May 2009 magazine; coming in June 2012 is an update on new developments at the growing nonprofit.]

The YWCA offers a Mother’s Day eCard that offers a particularly convenient option for those of you who wait until the last minute. There are many styles to choose from and you can personalize your message. A suggested tax-deductible donation of $20 provides financial education classes for one woman, making a difference in another mother’s life. Learn more.

A celebration of moms and theatre

Nonprofit Theatre Artist’s Studio will present a special event on Sunday, May 13, in celebration of Mother’s Day. “Music and Musings in Celebration of Mothers” will feature popular songs from Broadway and the great American Songbook and amusing and poignant readings about mothers by Studio members and others.

No ticket is required; pay-as-you-can donations will be accepted at the door. Advance reservations are recommended. Special reserved seating and program recognition will be provided for anyone who would like to donate a minimum of $100 to the “Spring for The Studio” Challenge Grant Campaign in honor or memory of a special woman.

The Studio is located on Paradise Village Parkway East, two blocks north of Cactus. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. 602-765-0120 or thestudiophx.org.

Make strides against breast cancer

What better way to honor mothers, grandmothers and all women than by signing up for this year’s American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk?

The walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tempe Beach Park. Mothers lost to breast cancer will be remembered and survivors will be celebrated. Learn more at makingstrideswalk.org/phoenixaz.

Take a chance and help another family

Maybe you want to take a chance on something really magical happening. Enter Mesa United Way’s Happiest Sweepstakes on Earth for a chance to win a Disneyland Vacation Package from Get Away Today. You don’t have to make a donation to enter the sweepstakes, but even the most modest contribution will help:

$10 will provide 50 meals for the hungry. $50 will provide a week’s worth of diapers for four infants in a shelter or feed a family of four for 19 days. $100 will provide a foster child with a backpack filled with school suppies,shoes,and clothing.

You get the idea. Even if you don’t win, you win. The contest ends May 16.

Know of other community-minded Mother’s Day gift ideas? Please log on and comment to share with the rest of us!


Honoring mothers who have lost a child

Mother’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the joys of motherhood with family and friends gathered close to honor beloved matriarchs. Flowers abound and phones ring with messages from far-flung sons and daughters. But what about mothers who have lost a child? For them, Mother’s Day becomes a day to dread, one where the pall of loss and sadness hangs over every moment. They are deprived of the chance to push children in strollers or to hear the footsteps of an active child coming and going in life.

To honor these mothers and their families, as well as all children who have been lost too soon, the MISS Foundation is sponsoring the inaugural “Empty Strollers, Empty Shoes: We Walk for Them,” an international memorial walk. The goal of this event is “to make a statement and build community on one of the most symbolic days of the year for families – Mother’s Day,” says Kathy Sandler, executive director of MISS, a volunteer-based 501 (c)( 3) organization dedicated to providing support and long-term aid to grieving families after the death of a child at any age, from any cause.

You’re invited to join families at the Phoenix Zoo early on Mother’s Day morning — Sunday, May 8th — to push an empty stroller or wear a child’s pair of shoes around your neck. Registration, which includes a family day pass to the zoo, opens at 6:45am and the walk starts at 7:30am. Families can gather pledges and build or join teams of walkers. Over 300 walkers are expected with the hopes of raising $30,000. Details are available at firstgiving.com/missfoundation.

Following the walk will be “Beautiful Soles” event at the zoo’s Lakeside Ramada, where families can decorate donated shoes in memory of their child; these shoes will then be donated to two Valley crisis centers, A New Leaf and Child Crisis Center. Families who cannot attend but who would like to contribute in a special way can check out the website for details on purchasing footprints carried by other walkers for the Footprint Garden, also at the Lakeside Ramada.

Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, founder of the MISS Foundation, lists the objectives for the event on her blog drjoanne.blogspot.com: public awareness, honoring, solidarity and resource building to help raise much-needed funds so that MISS can continue worldwide outreach efforts.

Empty Strollers, Empty Shoes will offer the community a chance to come together to pay homage to families who have experienced one of life’s greatest losses – that of a child. This event will also give those families a chance to grieve together and to pay tribute to their children as they walk toward a future of remembrance and hope. — Mary Ann Bashaw

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mary Ann Bashaw is writing a yearlong series on “Finding Purpose in Grief.” Articles published to date include: The MISS Foundation Offers a Light at the End of Life’s Darkest Tunnel and When Birth and Death Merge. Her next installment, “Fathers Reflect on Grief,” will appear in our June 2011 issue.

National Women Build Week

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will be pounding nails and raising walls at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, April 30 through May 8.

To help volunteers get a jump-start on their building skills, Lowe’s, underwriter of Women Build and sponsor of National Women Build Week, is hosting a “how-to” clinic on Saturday, April 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at its Carefree store, 34700 N. Cave Creek Rd. Participants will learn how to correctly use power and hand tools, install a ceiling fan and dimmer switch, create a kitchen backsplash, install tile and complete a faux paint project. There is no cost to enroll and Lowe’s provides all supplies.

Registration is not required. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and come ready to learn.

Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills is looking for local women to volunteer for a day at a Habitat construction site from 7 to 11 a.m. May 7. Construction or home improvement experience is not necessary. The team of female volunteers and Lowe’s Heroes will come together to paint the Steier home in North Phoenix. The Steiers are the 24th recipients of Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills partner homes. Their house has been under construction since January and is anticipated to be move-in ready by June.

Volunteer space is limited. To sign up or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills, contact Colleen Pyra at 623-551-6000 or pyra@habitatdf.org.

National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help eliminate poverty housing. The event, now in its fourth year, has drawn more than 20,000 female volunteers from all 50 states. This is the first Women Build event for Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills.