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Here’s Your Chance to be a Superhero…

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James... Giving back to others in the world around me is something that I am very passionate about. Growing up in poverty, I know what it’s like to not have enough. Luckily, I grew up in the United States, where we have programs to help mothers who are raising children – programs that act as a safety net if you lose your job, someone gets sick, or an emergency happens. Children in countries around the world aren’t always so lucky.

Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it's inspiring.Especially after becoming a mother, the struggles that other families must go through, just to provide the most basic of essentials to survive – well, it just tugs at my heart in a whole new place. When I talk about charities that I support, I often get asked why I would want to send money to mothers and children in other countries, when we have starving kids right here in America. Here’s what I wish more people would realize – we THROW AWAY more food in this country than some other areas even have available at all. No children in America starve to death, unless they are a victim of abuse. Imagine it – You’re homeless, with not a penny to your name, and a baby to feed. You’ll visit a food bank, the Salvation Army, a soup kitchen. If your child was near death from lack of food – they’d be saved at a hospital, without you needing money up front.

Now imagine that there are no resources available.

That your neighbors have no food either. There are places in the world where children actually die from lack of food, water, or medicine. That is NOT something that a mother in this country, not matter how poor, will ever have to face. Which is why I support some wonderful charities here in my town that are a tremendous help to local families in need – but I also passionately support families across the globe who are in even more desperate need than I’ll ever be able to understand, living life here in the US.

WFP: World Food Programme in BoliviaI realize that not everyone feels that they have many resources to help when it comes to big issues such as poverty. But there are always ways that you can help – big or small. One amazing group that is working towards ensuring that children don’t go hungry is the World Food Programme. Currently, I’m working to support their program in Bolivia:

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America: of its 9.5 million population, two thirds overall – 80 percent in rural areas – live below the poverty line.

This is a poor nation, where the majority of their income – and food – comes from agriculture. But frequent natural disasters make agriculture an unreliable source of income, leading to a serious amount of children growing up malnourished. The WFP is striving to get these children basic nutrition so that they can grow up healthier, so that they can go to school instead of working, so that they are fed enough to even be able to concentrate while in classes, and to enhance emergency preparedness and response capacity in their country, to minimize the impact of future disasters. These kids are the future of their country – the more we help them grow up strong and successful, the brighter the future for their families.

What can you do to help?

Get to know these kids! Watch the video below, click the graphic above, or visit them online – You can ask a question for the children in Bolivia that will be translated and delivered by Ximena, WFP’s Communications Officer there. Let them know you’re listening, you care, and that you want to help!

If you want to do more, there are so many resources on the World Food Programme’s website that you can check out, that make it truly simple for every single one of us to help out:

Make sure to take a minute to take some of these small actions – they might seem small to you, but they’ll have a huge impact on families who are in dire need of your help. As moms, we should do all that we can to help make sure that no other mother, anywhere in the world, has to watch her children go hungry…. So make sure to share this info with your friends and family too.

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” – Marian Wright Edelman



Dream Big for Africa: Easy Way to Do Good & Chance to Win

Malaria No More - Giving Back Campaign

One Child Dies Each Minute

It’s incredibly hard to imagine living in the United States, but in Africa, Malaria kills one child every single minute. Stop for a minute, and think about that – every single minute, another mother loses her child. Devastating. And it can be so hard to think about this kind of thing, when it feels so big and overwhelming and sad – and what can you even do about it?

Busy Mom Solution: An Easy Way to Do Good!

An amazing campaign from Malaria No More makes it so simple for you to do something good – And they even sweeten the deal, so not only are you helping to save lives, but you’re also getting a chance to win an awesome prize!

Text DREAM to 85944 to donate $10 to @MalariaNoMore and be entered to win a trip to Africa with @NBCSmash star @katharinemcphee. #socialgoodmoms

As a member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, I’m so excited to be able to share such life-changing campaigns with you guys, and let you know about such a simple way to help save lives!

Learn More

Mom Bloggers for Social Good – Dream Big for Africa Campaign Page

Malaria No More – Dream Big Information Page


Searching for 8 Extraordinary Moms on a Mission

Healthy Child Healthy World

“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” – Mother Teresa

Earlier this week I shared my big news with you – I’m incredibly proud to be a founding member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, and am excited to let you know that their new website is live now too – Check it out. And I’m EXTRA excited today to share one of our first partners with you, since they’re already a favorite of mine – Healthy Child, Healthy World.

Moms on a Mission

Healthy Child, Healthy World is all about helping families reduce the toxins in their lives – Learn more in their 5 Easy Steps to Healthier Living. And they’ve got a very cool contest going on, to help them find some of America’s most amazing moms. Read more –

“Nominations are now open at to find eight extraordinary parents—one of whom will become our 2012 “Mom on a Mission.” From January through August, Healthy Child will select and honor one finalist each month; in September and October, the general public will vote to choose the winner, who will honored with a grand prize at a gala event in New York City in November.”

Meet 2011’s Mom on a Mission, Tamara Rubin of Portland, OR

Watching Tamara’s video makes me feel so motivated and energized – and reminds me that ANYONE can make a difference – so EVERYONE should! Every small action you make in your own community has ripple effects, and you never know what great things you can accomplish until you get started. If you know an extraordinary “Mom on a Mission” – take a minute to honor her by nominating her today. And I’d love it if you’d share her story here in the comments too!

Learn More:

Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, Healthy Child Healthy World began in 1992 after five-year-old Colette Chuda died of a rare form of non-hereditary cancer linked to environmental factors. Playing a leadership role in one of the most important public health and environmental movements of the 21st century, today Healthy Child Healthy World ignites the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. More information can be found at

Support Healthy Child, Healthy World on Facebook & Twitter. And learn more about the work we’re doing at Mom Bloggers for Social Good by following the hashtag #socialgoodmoms on Twitter.

{Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this post – as a member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, I’m proud to share information about great people doing great things – with easy ways for you to get involved too!}


Mom Bloggers for Social Good – #socialgoodmoms

Announcing the Official Launch of Mom Bloggers for Social Good

I am incredibly proud to be a founding member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good – and extremely excited to announce that they’ve just launched the website and social media sites. It is so important to me to use the voice that I have here on this site to give back, and I can’t wait to see how this group of amazing women bloggers comes together to promote some amazing causes.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh

This is my very favorite quote of all time. When we become mothers, a new place grows in our hearts – who would have ever believed how much love you could feel for this tiny person? It’s completely life-changing. You also grow another new part in your heart – You suddenly have so much love for every other mother and child in the world. Every story of a child abused, neglected, or unable to have the basics that they need to live happily – those pull at that new place in your heart, and you feel driven to do something to help them. My heart breaks to imagine mothers in some parts of the world who have no food or medicine for a sick baby, who can’t send their daughters to school, who struggle just to provide clean water to their families.

“Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

I’ve always been the type of person who wanted to “save the world” – and while that might be a bit out of my reach, I’m excited to at least have the opportunity to make a small difference. Connect with Mom Bloggers for Social Good – and spread the word:

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