Good morning my loves! This morning I wanted to take the time and chat a little bit about my recent Mother’s Day giveaway of Leo’s nursery items. First off, we chose a lovely, deserving mama and she is completely thrilled and so grateful for these items. While we received hundreds of nominations (more than we ever expected) there were SO MANY mamas that stood out to us and we went back and forth on so many times but our hearts kept coming back to her.
Let me tell you a little bit about her. I should mention here that I’m not going to mention any names for confidentiality purposes but I will tell you that she was nominated in a sweet email from her own mama. She’s a single mom who is struggling to make ends meet however she works more than full-time hours Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturdays as a nanny for a family of three and part-time for a family with an infant. She is currently in search of a new home for her and her soon-to-be babe but is finding it quite difficult to find something that fits with an already tight budget. In an email she wrote back to us after we let her in on this little surprise, she mentioned that receiving Leo’s nursery items has taken a huge financial stress off of her plate and she can now focus on her well-being. Needless to say, reading that email made our hearts just explode with gratitude and has made us feel so good about where Leo’s items are going.
While originally I thought this giveaway was going to make me feel so incredibly happy, it honestly did the opposite. It hurt my heart so much knowing just HOW many amazing women (and men!) are out there that could really use a helping hand. I ended up thinking about all of the emails and nominations day and night, so much so that it was literally ALWAYS on my mind and I felt so sad every time I came back to them, there are so many different situations and tear jerking stories. I wish that I could help each and every person that was nominated!!
While this giveaway has taken me on a rollercoaster of emotions it has really opened up my eyes to the amount of people out there who could use a little extra help so the girls and I have started brainstorming ways we can help out MORE deserving mamas and dads!! But in the meantime, if you know of a mama in need, or if you had nominated someone for this giveaway, please know that there are helpful resources out there such as BabyGoRound and Mamas for Mamas … these are fantastic organizations who are there to help. Also, if you know of ANY helpful resources in YOUR community, please please share them with us in the comments section below. Likewise, if you have any gently used items, food donations, or cash donations you can always spread the love and donate to BabyGoRound or Mamas for Mamas, or any charity that you know of in your community!!
Thank you again to everyone who took the time to reach out and share stories of their loved ones, please know that you are all in our hearts!