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March 2012 Key Club magazine

Celebrate a mother's love

Protect future moms and babies this May

Story by Eileen Dennie 

Support The Eliminate Project this Mother's Day

There’s a special bond between a mother and a child, a bond that’s been celebrated over the years with handmade cards, plucked flowers and rhymed poems. This May, celebrate that special maternal relationship with your Key Club by hosting an event with a Mother’s Day focus for The Eliminate Project

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

“Kit” it together. Ask your club members’ mothers to compile a short list of items a new mother needs to take care of her baby. Purchase these items and organize each set into bags or plastic boxes. Host a decorating party where your club members add personal touches to the bags or boxes, or ask K-Kids club or Builders Club members to decorate them. (Make sure to include The Eliminate Project logo and website URL!) Distribute them at a hospital or neonatal clinic. 

Support storytime. Hold a book drive at school, collecting books mothers would enjoy reading to their little ones. Or purchase some new books with mother-and-child themes, such as: 

  • Are You My Mother by P. D. Eastman 
  • Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch 
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 
Wrap the books in wrapping paper and let children at a preschool, daycare or children’s ministry present these books as Mother’s Day gifts to their moms. Include a bookmark about The Eliminate Project with each book. Download the bookmark from The Eliminate Project website.

Raise your heart rate—And raise awareness and a few dollars for The Eliminate Project by hosting a trail walk for students and their mothers. Families can pay a small registration fee that includes an Eliminate Project T-shirt and a direct donation to your fundraising efforts. 

Bring out their competitive spirit. Form teams of mothers and their children of any age to participate in simple, competitive games. Create obstacle courses, scavenger hunts or trivia-based games. Host them at a community center or school gym, and motivate families to participate with medals or gift certificates. 

Everyone’s a winner when moms and kids are having fun!