Make Your Mom Proud

Since Mother's Day is May 8th this year, it seemed appropriate to share a few factoids about this special day. 

Anna Jarvis, a woman who remained unmarried and childless her entire life, founded the American concept of Mother's Day. She wanted to carry out her mother's wishes of having a day set aside just for moms. On May 8th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson rewarded her tireless efforts by signing a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

The oldest first-time mother to give birth is a 69 year old Indian woman, who received controversial IVF treatments, named Rajo Devi Lohan. She is now 74 with a five year old daughter.

The youngest mother to deliver a child was a 5 Year old girl named Lina Medina from Peru. As unbelievable and unsettling as that sounds, it was verified true, and research showed she had an "extraordinary hormonal disorder of pituitary origin which cited why she could become pregnant at such a young age."  Her son was raised by the girl's parents as her bother. He didn't discover his sister was his actual mom until he turned 10."

Did you know twins are not always born at the same time? Maria Jones-Elliot delivered her daughter Amy prematurely on June 1, 2012, while Amy's twin sister remained in the womb. Almost 3 months, (an amazing 87 days) passed before Katie was delivered.  This broke the Guinness Book of World records for longest interval between the birth of twins. They are both healthy and thriving today.

Another thing that thrives on Mother's day is the amount of money spent. The National Retail Federation (2013) said consumers spend an average of $168.94 on their moms, and 1/4th of all flower sales are purchased for this holiday.

And Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants; especially for brunches as well as group dining.

If you plan on taking your mom out to eat this Mother's Day, Giv360 recommends some amazing restaurants. They'll provide a beautiful meal to your loved one, and give a gift to your favorite charity as well, just for eating there. Click here to see a list of the merchants. The Mill Kitchen & Bar serve up a great Sunday brunch. Grinds and Wines, Pacific Rim Bistro, and Due South are also taking reservations for Mother's Day!

And why not be a little different this year? Instead of buying some cut flowers, why not give Mom some plants that can be planted and last all year long? Wilson Brothers Nursery can help you pick the perfect flower and then donate up to 5% of your purchase to your favorite charity.

And if you're still at a loss of what to get, think about a gift certificate from Judy's Nails or Harmony Massage.

Make this Mother's Day more special than the last. Because by frequenting a Giv360 merchant, you'll not only be making her day, but also one of the thousands of non-profits in need.

So pick up the phone and tell her your plans. (122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother's Day in the United States.) She'll be proud to have a child who not only thinks of her, but who supports Giv 360 merchants and non-profits as well.