Friday, 10 May 2013

Sharing the Mother's Day Experience

I am a very last-minute guy.
So, for many years I would call my mother on the Friday before Mother’s Day and asked what she would like — or, where she would like to go for brunch.
I got the same answer every year until 2008 when she passed away.
“Just be nice to me for the entire day,” she said. (I thought I was always nice to her.)
“I don’t need anything. And come to our place for brunch. What would you like me to make you?”


That was my Mom: always thinking of others, even on a day that was hers.
So there’s no doubt Mom would be thrilled with the idea from Changing Together — a Centre for Immigrant Women. The  Edmonton-based agency that helps new immigrant women get settled in Alberta’s capital city.
“By giving to our organization they can share the experience with another Mother and help someone in need,” says vice-chair Changing Together’s vice-chair Karen Sigurdson.
Here’s the drill: choose something your mom might think would really help someone and give it to Changing Together in you're her name.
Need some suggestions? Thought you would never ask.
A press release sent out earlier this week include:
$25          = A cab ride to safety for a woman and her children from an abusive family situation
$50          = A workshop on first aid or cooking nutritious family meals in Edmonton
$100          = English and computer training to increase confidence and employability
$250         = Crisis intervention, counselling, advocacy and court assistance
$500+ = Comprehensive education and family services programs for Edmonton immigrant women.
The most popular gift has been $100 from people. That will pay for computer, language or settlement training for someone.
Karen says the idea for the campaign came from a friend of hers who works at the Youth Emergency Shelter. The original idea was “Adopt A Mom” which was a perfect fit for Mother’s Day.
Visit the Changing Together website and look for the Click To Donate button and follow the instructions. Or, you can call Karen at 780-242-8559.
Sunday is all about remembering Mom. Karen remembers the proudest gift she gave her mother on Mother’s Day: ticket’s to see Little Women at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
“My sister and I took my Mom. It felt great to share a common experience,” she says in an e-mail.
Just like the Mother’s Day idea for Changing Together.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your mothers passing. was thelmat sweet bun recipe ever available to the public?