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09 May, 2017

Something nice to do for your mother, and other mothers too

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Yaktivism

SOS Children’s Villages is an international charity that offers safe and loving homes to more than 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries.

This Mother’s Day, SOS has launched an eCard campaign where, for every FREE eCard someone sends to a mother, a $10 donation will be made on their behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

These eCards are not only a meaningful, non-material gift moms will appreciate, but kiddos will also be prompted (with adult help, or maybe big brother or sister?) to answer some fun questions about their mom. The card designs are pretty cute too:

Mother's Day e-cards from SOS Children's Villages Canada

The goal is $50,000 (that’s 5,000 cards sent)! Totally doable. Would you consider sending a card today? Click here! It’s easy. After you send one, maybe you can you help spread the word and let someone else know about this initiative too. Thank you!


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