Can you imagine having to choose between buying a few gifts for your child during the holidays or keeping your heat on? Sadly, we know that many families face that very scenario right now.
Can you imagine having to tell your child Santa can’t visit hospitals because that is the only thing you can think to say when your child asks to make his list and you know there is no money left after chemotherapy payments have been? Sadly, we know many families face that situation right now too.
Voluntourism and TravelingMom
Traveling Mom believes strongly in giving back to our communities. We plan to make 2014 the Year of Voluntourism at #TMOM. Won’t you help us kick off our initiative by taking the time to learn more about our first partner, Family Reach Foundation?
As travelers we have the unique opportunity to give back and during last nights twitter party we talked in depth about Volontourism and ways to give back during travel. Here were just a few ideas that were shared:
“Gift cards to pharmacies, gas stations, grocery stores go a long way for families fighting cancer.”- @FamilyReachFndt
We also talked about donating airlines and hotel miles and points to families having to travel for medical treatment and most agreed with this:
“I would be more apt to stay at hotels that matched my points donations. Who does that?”- @barblikos
Our own Editor-in-Chief brought up this excellent point:
“I think employers should give extra week of vacay if you spend it”- @CindyRichards
To which we got this reply:
“Yes, we get 40 hours paid per year to volunteer and run several community builds around the globe.”- @benandjerrys
It was clear that you all are as passionate about giving back during travel as we are. That’s why we are doing our first ever back to back weekly twitter party focusing on the same topic. This next week we will still be talking about #Voluntourism but we will be focusing on a specific program called Hope for the Holidays with Family Reach Foundation.
While we celebrate during this holiday season, many families are facing difficult decisions and heavy burdens. Imagine caring for a child with cancer, struggling to cover your everyday expenses, and having to explain to your child that the holidays can’t happen this year. Your generosity at the holidays gives families more than a break from the debilitating stress of cancer, it gives them hope.
Pillow Pets has made a wonderful donation to Family Reach Foundation and Kim Orlando, our CEO, has purchased a few to give away during next weeks party to help you give back to a local Children’s Hospital or organization in your area. We would love to have you enter to win a pair of Pillow Pets, one for you to keep and one for you to donate this holiday season.
With Christmas so close our goal is to have you visit the Hope for the Holidays page and make a donation. Just click the “Other” button to make whatever amount you are comfortable with. If a donation isn’t possible this year, don’t worry, you can STILL HELP by spreading the word through your social media channels. The Rafflecopter widget below will help you do that while entering to win a pair of Pillow Pets.
Twitter Party Details:
WHEN: December 23 9-10 pm EST (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)
WHAT: Twitter party – Hope for the Holidays
HOW TO JOIN: Follow the hashtags #TMOM and #voluntourism during the party
PRIZES: Join the party on December 23rd to be entered to win one of six pairs of Pillow Pets (randomly assigned), one to keep and one to give away to a Children’s Hospital or Organization of your choice. Note: these will not be delivered in time for Christmas.
To be eligible, you must:
1. RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle in the Rafflecopter widget below – NOT in the comments. (If you aren’t on Twitter, it’s easy—and free—to sign up. Go to www.twitter.com to see how)
2. Sign up for the TravelingMom newsletter (or let us know if you are already a current subscriber) in the Rafflecopter widget.
3. Have at least one tweet on the party from 9-10 pm EDT on December 23.
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Prizes and details subject to change and subject to availability. All winners will be chosen using random.org. Restrictions may apply. You will have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize. Winners please DM your address to @TravelingMoms and allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. US entries only, please.