1: Our Story
We are taking back Mother’s Day.
There is a story the world has told you about Mother’s Day. It goes like this: Mother’s Day is about a certain kind of love. A love that is pink and fluffy and soft and can be bought at the store.
We have a truer, more exciting story to tell you. It goes like this:
Mother’s Day IS about Love. But it’s not about commercial, comfortable love that snuggles up and stays home—it’s about love that throws open the door and marches out of our homes, beyond our fences and neighborhoods and into the hurting world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the hurting, mother the motherless. Mother’s Day love is dangerous, revolutionary love that unites our one human family and reminds us that we belong to each other and that there is no such thing as other people’s children.
Mother’s Day was not created by Hallmark, but by a revolutionary warrior for peace. Julia Ward Howe — abolitionist, activist and poet — was the founder of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Tired of war, tired of tribalism being valued above the lives of the vulnerable, her pain became her mission. She called out for revolution.
She called the day of the revolution: MOTHER’S DAY.
“Women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror. That word should now be heard, and answered to as never before!
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Let us meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let us then solemnly take council with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, man as the brother of man, each bearing after his own kind the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God!”
—Julia Ward Howe and her original Mother’s Day Proclamation, written in 1870
2: Our Project
Since December 2015, The Compassion Collective has distributed over $1.4 million dollars in aid to for refugees in Europe. Every penny we’ve received has gone directly to refugee aid. We will continue our work with refugees, and we will also care for homeless youth in the United States. Love is not Either/Or. Love is AND/ BOTH.
On any given night, there are over 35,000 refugee children on their own in Europe, having lost their parents, temporarily or forever. Children are sick and starving and thousands of people are trapped on closed borders, living in horrific conditions. Funds from The Compassion Collective are feeding thousands of starving people every day, providing medical care for the pregnant and sick, and saving drowning babies from the sea. We will continue to care for the mothers and fathers who have lost everything trying to find peace for their babies. We will mother these motherless children of ours.
On any given night, there are well over 200,000 hungry, cold, homeless youth sleeping on the streets of America. They are homeless because of poverty, abuse, aging out of foster care, illness, and rejection. We will be working across the United States to mother the motherless by sheltering, feeding, and clothing our youth in cities including Philadelphia, L.A, Portland, Detroit, and New York City. There is no such thing as other people’s children. Let’s step in for those who couldn’t parent their babies. As our partners at Project HOME say: None of us are home until all of us are home.
3: Our Call
We are working to feed, clothe, shelter, and save our refugee and homeless sisters, brothers, and children. Please click here to join the work by giving now, or text the word COMPASSION to 91999 to receive the donation form on your phone. The maximum donation is $25 and donations of $5, $10 or $15 dollars will change the world. All funds we raise will be distributed equally between aid to refugees abroad and homeless youth in the United States.
THE COMPASSION COLLECTIVE USES ZERO OF YOUR DONATIONS FOR OVERHEAD. Every penny we receive goes directly to help people in need. We have already raised over $1.4 million with 40,000 givers—click here to see the life-saving work those funds are doing every day.
We are determined to find our compassion tribe, our love army, the rest of our collective. ARE YOU ONE OF US? STAND WITH US. Tell us and the world who you are by clicking here to add an overlay to your profile picture.
Then, after you’ve changed your image, like the new Facebook page of The Compassion Collective to stay up-to-date with our Love Revolution. We will be stronger together. You will make your friends braver by showing up. Compassion shows up and shows itself so others might be brave to do the same.
Please share this page everywhere on earth.
The Collective Team
Glennon Doyle Melton
And our Mother’s Day Project Partners :
Please, take hold of your power today by using your voice and platform for good. Courage and compassion are contagious – people want to be brave but they need you to be brave first. Join us as a Compassion Collective Organizer by telling your world: I STAND WITH LOVE.
Please—give what you can today. $5, $10 and $25 gifts, combined together,
will change the world.
EVERY PENNY we receive will go directly to support the needs of refugees abroad and homeless youth in the United States.
To work in the most effective ways possible, we have connected with nimble, effective non-governmental organizations who are acting fast to change lives. Led by Together Rising which uses zero of your dollars for administrative costs, we have partnered with Help Refugees in London and organizations serving homeless youth across the United States. We will work with them to distribute funding for refugees abroad and homeless programs in the United States. 100% of the donations we receive will go directly to care for those in need.
All donations will be collected and distributed through the non-profit Together Rising. All projects will be vetted and approved by Together Rising and The Collective Organizers, and 100% of funds received will go directly to support people in need.
The Work Continues
Since December 2015, The Compassion Collective has distributed over $1.4 million dollars in aid to for refugees in Europe. Every penny we’ve received has gone directly to refugee aid. For Mother’s Day, we are extending our appeal—we will continue our work with refugees, and we will also care for homeless youth in the United States.
All donations will be collected and distributed through Together Rising, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3), Tax ID #45-5362738. All projects will be vetted and approved by Together Rising and The Collective Organizers, and 100% of funds received will go directly to support refugees abroad and homeless youth in the United States.