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Mother's Day Gifts: 10 Charity Gifts That Help Women In Need

Posted: 05/04/2012 8:40 am Updated: 05/04/2012 1:33 pm

Mothers Day Gifts

When you shower your mom with the love –- and chocolate, jewelry and flowers –- that she deserves on May 13, you can also use that moment to honor a struggling woman in need living worlds away.

Because while Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank the woman who gave you life, it is also a chance to honor the women who are overcoming major adversities and are determined to carve out a meaningful life for themselves and their families. When you celebrate with your mom, don't forget the pregnant woman in Africa who isn’t guaranteed a safe delivery and the sex trafficking survivor in Cambodia who is hoping for a second chance.

As you prepare to indulge your mom in the goodies she loves most, consider doing so with a present that also gives back to an organization empowering women in greatest need.


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  • Sport Bling For Women's Health, $50

    After surviving the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, an artisan collected materials around the house, and <a href="" target="_hplink">crafted this sparkling pendant</a>. When you buy this piece of jewelry for mom to keep close to her heart, 20 percent of the sale will go to <a href="" target="_hplink">the AFYA Foundation,</a> which addresses the health concerns of those in the greatest need. <em>Shop Jewelry for a Cause <a href="" target="_hplink">here. </a></em>

  • Drink To A Cure For Breast Cancer, $18.99

    When you toast your mom for bringing you into this world, keep the women in mind who are fighting for their lives. As you clink glasses, you'll know that a percentage of your purchase will go to fight breast cancer when you buy your <a href="" target="_hplink">Chardonnay from ONEHOPE Wine.</a> <em>Shop OneHope Wine <a href="" target="_hplink">here.</a></em>

  • Fight Cancer With Sweets, $2.65

    Celebrate your mom -- and your vow to fight cancer -- when you two bite into a <a href="" target="_hplink">Survivor Chick</a> white and dark chocolate bar, filled with raspberries. This Seattle company is so determined to put an end to the C-word, it's giving 100 percent of proceeds from this item to the fight against cancer. <em>Buy your mom's Survivor Chick treat <a href="" target="_hplink">here. </a></em>

  • Light A Candle For Women In Post-Conflict Regions, $18-$40

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Prosperity Candle</a> gives those who have suffered unspeakable tragedies in post-conflict regions the chance to rebuild their lives, by building candle-making businesses. One such businesswoman is Wafa'a -- an Iraqi widow who toils away to make scented, colorful candles to support her son who was seriously injured in a mortar blast. <em>Shop Prosperity's <a href="" target="_hplink">Mother's Day gifts here </a>and write a note of encouragement to a candle-maker <a href="" target="_hplink">here. </a></em>

  • Buy A Sex Trafficking Survivor's Necklace, $75

    Give a sex trafficking victim a second chance when you buy a <a href="" target="_hplink">Silk Empowerment Necklace</a>, crafted by a survivor, that comes with a hand-written card expressing her thanks. Proceeds from your purchase benefit the <a href="" target="_hplink">Somaly Mam Foundation</a>, a nonprofit that helps rehabilitate and empower women and girls who have suffered the horrors of trafficking in Cambodia. <em>Peruse the Somaly Mam Foundation's Mother's Day gifts <a href="" target="_hplink">here.</a></em>

  • Give A Mom-To-Be A Safe Delivery, $24

    In 2010 alone, the <a href="" target="_hplink">International Rescue Committee </a>helped more than 152,000 pregnant women have safe deliveries in areas where hospitals have been destroyed. When you send your mom an <a href="" target="_hplink">IRC Mother's Day card</a>, your $24 donation will make sure that figure keeps climbing. <em>Purchase an IRC Mother's Day card <a href="" target="_hplink">here. </a></em>

  • Wear This T-Shirt, Feed Hungry Moms And Kids, $47

    When you buy one of <a href="" target="_hplink">Project Iris' colorful tees</a> for mom, you'll be helping another set of mothers and kids on the other side of the world. Five percent of your purchase will benefit <a href="" target="_hplink">the World Food Program</a>, which addresses the nutritional needs of mothers and their kids in developing countries. <em>Shop Project Iris <a href="" target="_hplink">here.</a></em>

  • Support Artisans Worldwide, Prices Vary

    You don't have to take your mom to India to buy her a one-of-kind gem crafted by a local artisan. Log onto <a href="" target="_hplink">eBay's World of Good site</a> to peruse the handmade pieces crafted by folks who are intent on sharing their gifts with the world, and using the proceeds to earn a livelihood. <em>Shop World of Good's Mother's Day gifts <a href="" target="_hplink">here.</a></em>

  • Give A Mom A Garden, $30

    If your mom has more than enough "stuff," consider this fresh idea: Provide a green garden -- and a living -- for another mother and her family. An Oxfam fruit and vegetable garden provides fresh fare for families in need to eat themselves or sell at local markets. <em>Purchase your Oxfam garden from one mom to another </em> <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Buy Soap, Educate A Mom, $24

    It's a Mother's Day dream come true: Your mom can sit back and breathe easy -- all while working to help other women in need. Give the gift of relaxation with a Raven & Lily soap set. The gift includes honey oatmeal, lavender basmati, lemon sunrise, and leh apricot scents -- handmade in Northern India using locally grown ingredients and fresh spring water. Proceeds fund literacy programs for the women artisans and children in the community. <em>Shop for soap that helps women in need <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

Flickr photo by Caroline Gluck/Oxfam.

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