Avoid the scarf. Get mom something meaningful for Mother’s Day

Austin’s Miracle Foundation supports orphanages in India. Jeff Salzgeber

About five years ago, I realized that my mother had a drawer full of scarves, necklaces she wasn’t wearing and still-blank journals. She didn’t need one more to add to her collection for Mother’s Day.

And so, every year, instead, for Mother’s Day, I make a donation to a charity we both love in her honor. (I do the same for Dad, too, who doesn’t need another golf club of fishing lure). The charity I chose sends Mother’s Day flowers to women in battered women’s shelters in my mother’s honor and she receives a nice card to know that I didn’t forget her. It means more to her than sending her flowers.

Austin’s Miracle Foundation invites you to give in your mother’s honor to help children who don’t have a mother. The donation helps children in its orphanages in India by providing clean water, nutritious food and well-paid caregivers.

Miracle Foundation sends you a certificate to give to your mother. If you give $60 or more you also get Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” from Amazon’s Kindle store and for $125 and up, you get chocolates from Maggie Louise Confections. I suppose you should share these gifts with your mother, but I won’t tell if you eat the chocolates.

Find the donation page at miraclefoundation.org/mothers.

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