Isn't your mom the greatest? She feeds, hugs, supports, prepares and loves you like no one else. (Sorry dads, your day is next month.)
But while families from coast to coast gather around flowers, heartfelt greeting cards, and scrumptious, kid-prepared brunches, it's crucial we remember the millions of amazing moms who are struggling through turbulent times -- even during the one day that's supposed to be all about them. Although Mother's Day is wonderful, moms in need are too-often forgotten the other 364 days a year.
Read below about the hurdles moms are trying to overcome this very moment (maybe in your own neighborhood), and consider joining forces with these awesome organizations helping moms everywhere.
1. Diapers are a mom's best friend. Make sure she has plenty to go around.
Did you know one in three families struggle to have adequate diapers on hand for their young ones? Help A Mother Out does exactly what its name implies, by providing sufficient diapers to families in need throughout California.
2. Families that stay together, feel better together.
Ronald McDonald House has been helping to alleviate the financial and emotional burdens of childhood sickness since 1974. Its local chapters have been providing facilities for families to stay together to rest and get better, faster -- creating homes away from homes for each mother and child they can.
3. Maternity leave does matter.
MomsRising is an organization that advocates for mothers through its efforts on Capitol Hill. On crucial issues that affect moms -- from the importance of maternity leave to the benefits of early care and education -- MomsRising is fighting for a future that keeps moms and their children a priority in the workplace and beyond.
4. Being a mom is tough, but it's a whole lot tougher when you're a homeless teen.
Can you imagine trying to parent without a roof over your head or food to provide your child? Covenant House provides young, homeless moms with the tools and emotional support they need to work toward an independent life with their young ones.
5. Our day-to-day struggles are nothing compared to some moms' around the world.
Women for Women International helps women and their families go from victims to survivors. And then, survivors to active citizens. In war-torn, unstable regions of the world, the nonprofit helps moms through job training, leadership education and small business assistance.