I know that we toddler mommas do not have a lot of extra time.
Between laundry and work and wrangling children, which is a lot like herding cats, we toddler mommas are worn out. We are stretched thin between the demands of home and heart and at the end of the day, I just want to crawl into bed with a cup of tea and One Tree Hill re-runs.
(Don’t laugh at that. I have the total hots for Nathan.)
But I have found that a huge part of my heart and who I am is giving back through charity, and part of keeping “me” intact despite the challenges of motherhood is to keep volunteering as I have always done.
In college, my sorority introduced me to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. In between classes, I coordinated fundraisers and cooked spaghetti dinners for the house guests. When I began blogging, I saw my platform as a way to bring exposure to the RMHC and what they do, so I started updating RMH events and ways to help. This past fall, I became a part of the Winterfest Gala fundraising committee for my local Durham, NC Ronald McDonald House.
What is the RMHC?
Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed. ~from the RMHC.org website
It’s not easy. There are meetings and letters to send out and that takes time that is such a precious commodity. This past week, all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball on Wednesday night and not drive across town for a meeting. My cousin texted me and invited me up to visit her the weekend of the Winterfest Gala. I have to be honest – it was tempting to go and say “They don’t really need me” when I feel like I spend so much of my time doing for others already (others = my son and husband and employers). But the truth is that the Ronald McDonald House does need me and other volunteers.
I know the point is NOT for me to feel better, but I do feel better when giving my time. I am so excited for the Winterfest Gala coming this February and I cannot wait to see how much money we raise for the families.
Giving back is something I hope to one day instill in my own children, so doing it now is a great way to ensure that his entire life, Harrison will always know that it is important to find a charity and stick with it. Maybe some day soon he can go to the local Ronald McDonald House and bake cookies with his momma for the families.
Do you have a charity you volunteer with?