Dear Diary, Did someone magically change the number of hours in a day when I  became a mother? I believe a time thief waved a wand over my schedule and stole seconds and minutes from my life. Then, the sneaky bandit left me with a list of to-do’s that I didn’t do before bedtime. I know understand the saying, a mother’s work is never done. In the beginning, I overwhelmed myself. Instead of doing a little, I did nothing out of frustration. Now, I am quite comfortable if it takes all week to clean the house. I pick up the toy room one day and sweep the floor the next and so on and so on. I leave my cluttered closet for a few hours to take my daughter to the zoo or the museum.   Now, that I am mastering multitasking, I wondered how I could give my time to others. Before I had a baby, I contributed cash and time to charity. Recently, I gave only my money. I shared my story about wanting to give back to the community with my blogging buddies Diamonte, Jacquie, Nicole and Rhonda. Then after a conversation with another mom, I decided to make time to make a difference. This video resulted! We mom blogged for a cause and toured the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Pittsburgh. We found out that it doesn’t take long to put a smile on a child’s face and raise awareness about an organization serving families.


Here’s how you can help out in a matter of minutes.


It takes only a few seconds to drop a couple of coins.  At a Conistar machine, $25 could provide dinner for a family staying at a Ronald McDonald House®; $50 could fill a Ronald McDonald Family Room® with snacks and drinks; and $85 could give a family a room for the night at a Ronald McDonald House®


It takes an hour to visit a Ronald McDonald House® with your family and read a book to a sick child. Are there any books at home your child has outgrown? Pack up a box, and make a donation!


In an evening, if you have a few dollars to drop, enjoy a night on the town with your loved one. Many moms have swapped dinning and dancing for diaper changing and late night feeding. So, this is a great way to get out of the house and help out a local charity.


In a day, you can make breakfast, lunch or dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House®. Make some comfort food for families going through a rough time. It’s apple picking season, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like pie!


In a week, collect tabs from aluminum cans. You’ll help the environment and help a family at the same time! The funds generated from recycling will offset he House’s expenses.


In a month, organize a food or toiletry drive at your daycare, preschool or church. At times, families receive an urgent call from a hospital and must leave immediately.  As you can imagine, moms will focus on their children’s health and forget to pack a tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap.

Hey DFTM Fam–How do you find time to give back to your community? What types of volunteer activities do you participate in?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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