We are celebrating Mother's Day early this year to give you time to nudge (or swiftly kick) your husband's behind to add Onyx+Ivy to your wish list! Of course we can't forget about shopping for your own Mommas too!
To get this celebration started we are bringing you our next campaign! This week, April 11-18, #shopforacause!! A portion of proceeds from every sale will be heading directly to Made by Momma, an amazing organization to support women in need as they face or are challenged with difficult situations. We truly believe as a team that growing your community is key to thriving in motherhood, and that it really does take a village!! Made by Momma has been that village for many.
Who is Made by Momma?
Made by Momma provides assistance and support needed to maintain a family's physical and emotional health during difficult life situations. The families they assist have one thing in common; they are dealing with challenges and facing times of adversity. Some are dealing with illness, some are grieving the loss of a child or spouse, some struggle with post-partum depression & anxiety, some are struggling to adjust to the demands of newborn twins, or triplets, and some have lost their means of income. Whatever the reason, the families need to gather their strength to overcome the hurdles they face, and when faced with a crisis, families often do not have the means to plan and prepare healthy meals. Made by Momma believes wholesome nutrition is vital, especially during life's most challenging phases.
What Services Does Made by Momma Provide?
The goal at Made by Momma is to offer practical peer-to-peer hands-on support to families that are struggling through a variety of situations.
Cook and bake healthy freezer meals and wholesome baked goods for mothers recovering from illness and injury, mothers experiencing situations of adversity and new moms who need some extra support while establishing breastfeeding. We can alter recipes to meet special dietary needs.
Provide maternity clothes to pregnant mommas and baby essentials to families that need a hand. Diapers, wipes, baby gear, kids clothing, toys, books, and more... Whatever is needed to raise a child, we will try to provide through our volunteer network.
Can provide in-home assistance while mothers tend to other duties around the house or get much-needed rest. We can also help care for older children while mommas focus on bonding with a new baby.
Have healthy prepared/frozen meals and snacks on the NICU & Pediatric Units at PLC and on the NICU unit at SHC for families who need nourishment while caring for their premature and critically ill babies. There is no cost for this program. #MadeByMomma #MadeWithLove
Children living in shelters and low income/crisis situations can be referred for a birthday bag through our program The Happy Birthday Project. We believe every child deserves to feel special and celebrated on their birthday.
Volunteers can offer a quick house tidy to enable women with special health needs to focus on themselves and their children. We are also fortunate to work with an great company called Crystal Clean Maid Services who donates one professional house clean each month to one of our mothers who might be struggling with severe/debilitating illness.
Offer breastfeeding support and encouragement from moms who’ve been there.
Offer short-term pet care including feeding, dog walking and cleaning litter boxes to allow mothers to rest or focus on the care of their two-legged children.
Have a lending library of new and gently used books and toys for babies and young children to keep them entertained while a parent or sibling is recovering from illness or injury, during difficult circumstances or while mom bonds with a new addition.
We are very fortunate to work with Light on Paper Photography who donates photography sessions to the mothers we support that are facing terminal illness.
Occasionally have knit items, spa/salon services and other indulgences and comfort items to offer depending on what our volunteers and donors are able to provide.
#ItTakesAVillage and Made By Momma is here to help create that village when there isn’t one.
How Else Can You Get Involved This Week?
Not only are we shopping for a cause this week with a portion of proceeds heading directly to Made by Momma when you shop Onyx+Ivy!, we will have local drop off points to collect donated items that are essential in supporting these local Mommas. Please click here for a full list of essential items needed, and what items are NOT accepted.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange dropping off in either SE, or NW Calgary
We have also launched an exclusive scrunchie available in classic, and little sizes with $2.00 from every April scrunchie heading directly to Made by Momma! Hurry and shop these as they won't last long!
Want to Volunteer?
Made by Momma is always looking for volunteers to run their many growing programs, you can learn more here: Made by Momma – Volunteering
Connect With Made by Momma
Facebook: Made by Momma | Facebook
Instagram: Made by Momma (@madebymommayyc)
Contact: Made by Momma – Contact Us
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
The Onyx+Ivy Team