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:
- Sisu Youth Services provides overnight shelter, clothing, hot meals and support to youth experiencing homelessness in OKC. The low-barrier, LGBTQ+ affirming organization offers a safe space for vulnerable kids and young adults ages 15-24. Celebrate your mom or grandma by making their signature dishes and serving them as part of Sisu’s meal train and provide the belly-filling and heartwarming hot meal in her honor.
- Infant 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.
- Throughout the pandemic, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies have seen a 30% increase in the need of Oklahomans facing food insecurity. Officials anticipate that trend to continue. “It will take a long time for many households to fully recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank, said. In this unprecedented time, financial support is as important as ever. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank helps provide four meals to Oklahomans in need.
- Share kindness in your own community! Maybe it’s a handmade card for an elderly neighbor, flowers for a single mom or a random act of kindness for a friend, honor your mom by paying it forward to those around you.