Thank you to Stonyfield for providing free products and a $50 gift card to purchase items for a good deed. All opinions are 100% my own.
Two months before I found out I was pregnant with Eve, I applied for a job as the Women’s Craft Cooperative Coordinator at Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States. Spending my days making jewelry and teaching women how to empower themselves through crafting? I don’t think you could find a more perfect job for me.
Ultimately I did not end up pursuing the job beyond the first interview, but I was still struck by flourishing arts program that Rosie’s Place offers. As they describe on their website, “Through our unique Arts program, guests can participate in diverse activities that are educational and even transformational.”
I believe in the power of having a creative outlet, whether you are a stay-at-home mom of a young child or a woman in a really rough situation.
While I don’t think I fully appreciated this at the time, I knew there was something special about this arts program Rosie’s Place had created for its guests, and it has stuck with me ever since.
This year, with help from Stonyfield, Eve and I went on a shopping trip to buy some much-needed items to donate to Rosie’s Place. Every Friday I give Eve all the change I have collected in my wallet that week for her to put in her tzedakah box. An important part of Judaism is charitable giving, or tzedakah, and this was the perfect opportunity to really show Eve what that means.
Last week we opened the tzedakah box and carefully counted out the change together. We talked about how we have a warm home to live in but some people do not. I explained that we would buy some other mamas things that they need that we are very lucky to have, like soap and toothpaste, as well as some gifts for them to receive during the holidays. Eve decided she wanted to use her money to buy a woman a hat and gloves.
We made our way to the store, and Eve helped me to collect toiletries before we made our way to where the hats and gloves were located. She picked out ones she really liked, and helped me to choose a few more that we would also gift on behalf of her Nana and Auntie Dana. As we stood in line waiting to pay, Eve held on to her bag with the $5.20 worth of coins. She proudly handed it over to the clerk at the store to help pay for the hat and gloves.
I hope to make this an annual tradition with Eve while finding ways to teach her about giving throughout the year, including our weekly tradition of putting money in her tsedekah box.
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