Help for the Holidays

In 2003, one of our Mothering community members, Tracy, started the first Holiday Helper Forum. Gemini, SpatulaGirl, JustVanessa, DreamsinDigital, Maluhia and other members have developed the program over the years.

In 2009 we helped 73 families, nearly 100 in 2010 and this year we hope to help up to 150 families; we have 40 families signed up so far.


To be eligible, a member’s family must have significant financial need. The member must have been a Mothering member for one year as of October 24, 2011 and have posted 500 times. In the interest of privacy and security, Families in Need remain anonymous to the community and are identified by a number. Only the administrators and moderators of Holiday Helper know their contact information.

If you would like to apply to be a Family in Need (FIN), please fill out the Holiday Helper Application (scroll down to the middle of the page) and send it in a Private Message (PM) to AdinaL. Applications will be taken on a first come first serve basis.


If you would like to help a Family in Need, here are some things you can do:

Cash Donations will be used to buy gift certificates for the Families in Need. To donate cash to the Holiday Helper paypal account, email

Post the gently used items you have available, items you are willing to buy or gift certificates to the “I Have Available Thread.” We’ll match you with a FIN.

Donate to a specific family by checking the Families in Need Forum. Send a Private Message to the person who started the particular thread and she will send you the family’s address.

Donate specific items by checking the Families in Need Master List where items are listed by category and are linked to the specific families who need them. Again, PM the person who started the thread for mailing information.


Donate to the Shipping Fairy. This account helps pay postage for people who have things to send but may not be able to afford the shipping. If you donate $3.00 or more to the Shipping Fairy, a customized tag will be placed under your username. PM incorrigible if you are in need of Shipping Fairy help.

Adina told me today that already one member had decided to take care of an entire family. Another gave gift certificates directly from Amazon. And, Sarah’s Silks, one of our advertisers, made a generous contribution.


As a thank you, Mothering will be providing special free promotion for companies who donate through November and December. Please contact our web editor, Melanie, to take part.

I’m proud to be part of such a generous community that wants to help our members in need. At a time when many of us feel uncertain about the future, we are reassured by our sense of community and inspired by our generosity. We renew each other. Thank you for helping.

Holiday Helper FAQ

Questions: AdinaL, Queen of the Meadow, TiredX2

Shipping Fairy Questions: incorrigible

Canada Questions: weliveintheforest



Peggy O’Mara  (101 Posts)

Peggy O’Mara founded in 1995 and is currently its editor-in chief. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has lectured and conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four.

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  1. Handsome in Pink would love to be a business that cares. We have many tees and onesies with minor imperfections that we’d love to give to families in need. Please help us navigate the system so we can be part of the Businesses that Care.


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