Apparently more people than she knew… and thanks to Circle Care Services’ Gift Giveaway, she now knows it!
The Mother’s Day Giveaway that gifted Moms with the very best gift known to man (or woman)…love and appreciation.
Why this Mother’s Day Giveaway was Created
Raising a child with ASD is unique.
It’s one of those things that you have to experience to really know what it’s like.
Many parents feel lonely, different, or isolated amongst unsuspecting friends and family. The Autism Cafe blogger Eileen Lamb in her blog “Parents of children with special-needs: you’re not alone! looks to encourage parents who are living with this challenge by telling them, “When you’re struggling to keep going, remember that you’re not alone. When you feel like nobody notices you unless your child is screaming… When you’re wondering how you’re going to do it any longer, I want you to remember that you’re doing an amazing job. When you feel like nobody understands what you’re going through, remember that I do and there are a lot of us out here who do!”
There are many parents of children with autism who tell their stories in blogs or articles and they will say how their child with autism is the sun that lights up their lives. That’s very true, but if they include a realistic life journey they will not leave out the fact that coming to that place of serenity, appreciation, and peace took a lot of hard work. That it was a rollercoaster ride. That their daily lives were full of ups and downs. That on many days they felt lost or hopeless or full of shame and guilt. They will tell you that they used a truckload of inner strength to keep at it. To push for better. To reach for more; just to meet the conflicting needs of their diverse family.
More than a few studies report that parents of children with autism experience more stress than parents of typically-developing children. And updated research shows that parents of children with autism face the unmet need for emotional support on a daily basis.
It was with this knowledge in mind, that we at Circle Care undertook a self-imposed challenge to spread strength and support to Moms of children with autism. Looking to make an impact, we launched our second annual Mom’s Gift Giveaway on Mother’s Day May 8, 2022.
Designed to Spread Strength to Moms of children with Autism
Does she know how much you care?
That was the message that arrived in the inboxes of hundreds of our contacts as we called upon them all to partake in our unique Gift Giveaway. We promoted this Giveaway on our Facebook and Instagram pages (yeah, go ahead, check us out, and follow) suggesting that as a supportive gesture, they nominate a mom who mothers a child with ASD to be entered into a raffle for a $500 gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond.
The response was heartwarming and exciting, as the entries came into the Circle Care office.
The very first entry came from a husband nominating his wife to receive the gift.
Other entries came from our BCBAs and BTs sending messages of admiration and recognition to their clients’ moms.
Proud Moms nominated their daughters.
Even a child reached out (together with Dad) to try and win for his mom.
Every nomination came in with a personalized note, a message of love and support which we forwarded to the mom.
Messages such as this one:
“I have never known anyone who devotes more of their life to their child and she deserves so much more credit than I could ever give. She’s been my backbone through all of this and I wish she gets all she could ever want. I know all she looks for is happiness for us and our children. All I ever look for is that smile on her face.”
And this one:
|She is the most loving, patient, devoted mother to two autistic kids. She is their greatest advocate! From the moment she wakes up she fights for them either getting them therapy services, equipment, or extra curricular activities to help them in their development. She believes in them with her whole heart. She is their greatest cheerleader!|
And this one:
|She has been overcoming all the obstacles that has been coming her way to raise her son. She is doing her best to bring up her son as a good human. She believes God has chosen her to bring up her son who is affected with asd and wants to fulfill the purpose. She is determined to win this battle in life!|
These heartfelt messages not only brought tears to my eyes, but also touched the hearts of the moms who reported back to us after we forwarded the notes to them.
These emotion-filled responses from grateful moms affirm that all $850+ that we spent on this initiative was absolutely worth the joy we were able to bring to the hearts of a strong, hardworking, and underrecognized group of women.
On May 23, 2022, it was finally time to choose one winning mom.
With the spin of the wheel, Edyta became our lucky winner!
The contest was over, and our winner was thrilled, but we were unsettled. We didn’t have the heart not to reward all participants. These moms live every day by accepting that you can’t always win. We wanted everyone to win at least something in our strength-boosting initiative. We want every mom to know that when you invest in your child’s future, you should never feel like a loser!
So, we sent every nominated mom a $10 Amazon gift card for her to enjoy.
These women exhibit strength and tenacity without glittering fanfare.
These women withdraw oceans of strength from their inner reserves without asking for anything in return.
These women will move heaven and earth for their child or as one mom said, “I won’t sleep until I get my child set up with the services he needs”.
And that in a nutshell is the ultimate goal at Circle Care Services.
To support as many families living with autism as we can with empathy, compassion, and quality services.
We know we’ve made an impactful difference in the lives of moms living with autism this Mother’s Day, and we will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children with autism every day through ABA therapy.
Get in touch today, and we will put our heart into your child’s ABARead More