The Importance of Giving BackBeth Anne Ballance
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?