I had a lovely Mother’s day this year. My husband took me out to dinner and gave me some great gifts. While I am most fortunate to have a wonderful husband and son, many moms are not. We have a women’s shelter in the town I live in, and I knew I wanted to do something for them for Mother’s day. I went on their website and looked at a wish list. Lo and behold one of the wish list items is cosmetic bags. I’m an Ipsy subscriber and have a ton of cosmetic bags, as I get a new one every month. I didn’t have a huge inventory of them because I just sent a bunch to my teenage niece.
My husband gave me an Ulta gift card for Mother’s Day. Well Ulta is my favorite store, and I needed some moisturizer, so off I went today. I spoke with the manager and asked if they had any make up bags they could donate. She said unfortunately that they only donate at the corporate level, but she did give me some perfume samples for the moms. We got to talking and she said she has a ton of cosmetic bags herself and would gladly donate them to the shelter. I gave her the wish list and she said she was going to ask her staff if they had any items to donate. She said just working at Ulta the salespeople get a ton of stuff. This is one of the reasons I love Ulta so much. I used my gift card to buy some bath gel for all twelve of the ladies currently at the shelter.
I made a stop at Dollar Tree and bought 12 picture frames also. Each cosmetic bag was different and had bath gel, a perfume sample and a small picture frame. I also bought four dozen cookies from the bakery and some fruit punch so they could have a little party. I wrote a note of encouragement and wished them all well. I know it may sound like I’m bragging, but I only wanted to get this message out to anyone who likes to help others. These are the lovely flowers my husband got for me at the farmer’s market.
That’s such a thoughtful way of spending mother’s day! In a world where everyone just changes their profile pictures and statuses to mark the day, this is brilliant! 🙂
I couldn’t think of a better way to share Mother’s Day! Just two years ago, I was on the receiving end as a client of the domestic violence center. I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to receive such nice things at a time when I was overcome by the darkness….Bless you!
It warms my heart to hear that. I hope I was able to cheer them up just a little bit.
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This is a beautiful way to spend Mother’s Day! Always remember those who are fighting against the darkness of domestic violence…
Thanks for the reblog!
hey, that is a wonderful thing you did! warms my heart to read about it:) /Mary
Thanks! I also volunteer as a teacher for a non profit. I teach financial literacy to high school students. I really enjoy it.
that is such a great initiative! happy to hear you are taking time to help others:)
That’s a lovely thing to do ! Here in Adelaide there’s a couple who put together bags of essential personal care stuff, and leave them on park benches with a note. Random acts of kindness – 🙂
Thanks, I do enjoy helping others.
Prachjtige geste..Ik doe al jaren vrijwilligerswerk voor het kinderbrandwondenfonds