Show your mom some love with a pay-it-forward gift made in her honor! The global pandemic has impacted so many in our community, opening many opportunities to lift each other up. Here are four ways you can give back to local organizations meeting the needs of fellow Oklahomans:
- In the face of the global pandemic, The Curbside Chronicle made the difficult decision to temporarily stop street sales of their magazine in an effort to keep their vendors safe and help flatten the curve, and that decision also included not selling their much-beloved Mother’s Day floral bouquets. The majority of the Chronicle’s vendors rely on magazine and floral sales as their sole source of income. Gift mom an online subscription or a digital version of the May issue and help those who are experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness afford basic needs during this challenging time.
- Infact Crisis Services offers a three-pronged approach to meet the needs of babies and toddlers including providing diapers, food, formula, clothing and other important items. The impact of meeting these vital needs not only provides for a healthy start, but also helps ensure a brighter future. According to Infant Crisis, studies show that for every dollar invested in the early years of a child’s life, there is a $7 to $17 return on that investment. Consider giving a tribute to a mom or grandma in your life. The team at Infant Crisis will send her a card notifying the honoree that a gift was made in her honor.
- In the month of April, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a record-breaking six million pounds of food! That is roughly two million more pounds than a typical month and officials anticipate that trend to continue. “Although businesses are reopening, we anticipate that the need will continue and possibly increase,” Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank, said. “It will take a long time for many households to fully recover from the economic impact of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the slumping energy industry.” The food bank is also ramping up efforts to provide free meal sites for children across the state. In this unprecedented time, financial support is as important as ever.
- Share kindness in your own community! Maybe it’s a handmade card for an elderly neighbor, flowers for single mom or a random act of kindness for a friend, honor your mom by paying it forward to those around you.