Not every mother will receive multi-colored tulips or intricate pieces of customized jewelry, but every mom deserves to feel loved, supported and honored this Mother's Day.
But there are those who are struggling with crises such as abuse, homelessness, and loss. There are expectant moms in underserved countries who face extreme maternal health problems; military moms who will have to Skype with their loves ones; and moms who can't afford diapers for their kids this Mother's Day.
Though it may be a less-than-happy holiday for some, there are ways to support moms in need. Check out our suggestions below for supporting a cause in your mom's honor and helping a mother and hr family in need.
Moms who face unimaginable health issues
Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy, and nearly 7 million kids under five died in 2011 from preventable diseases, according to the UN. Organizations such as the United Nations Foundation are working to fight for improved maternal health, and you can help by donating to support health clinics, sharing stories and more. Find out what you can do here.
Moms who can't make ends meet
For some moms, help with the basics can make all the difference. Organizations such as New-York based nonprofit Dress For Success provides interview apparel and has helped more than 650,000 women per year. The organization has dozens of locations around the world. Other organizations such as Baby Buggy provide moms with gently used diapers, gear and clothing.
Moms Who Face Abuse
One in three women will be raped, beaten or assaulted in her lifetime -- that's a total of 1 billion women subjected to devastating forms of violence. Find out what you can do to help through organizations such as Men Can Stop Rape, which provides tools to empower men to speak up, break down stereotypes and explore gender norms. Learn more here.
The National Center on Family Homelessness provides support for homeless and at-risk mothers and children by assisting with housing, health, and development. The organization supports locally-based partnerships that tackle homelessness, domestic violence, mental health and more. Learn more here.
Support military moms who won't get to see their children this Mother's Day. Organizations such as Operation Homefront provides military families with financial assistance, and Hire Heroes USA offers transition assistance for military members and spouses. Learn more here.