Before I was a stay-at-home-mom, I worked as an HR director for Sears Holdings (Kmart) it was an interesting job, and I (hopefully) learned in my years there, the fine art of diplomacy and soothing ruffled feathers.
Kmart is the largest corporate sponsor/donor to March of Dimes, and while I was working there I headed up the campaign for the local March For Babies. The first year I was in charge of the campaign it was just another task in my job description. But in the weeks after I lost Ireland the fund-raising campaign started again.
I poured all of my energy into raising funds for the MOD, it gave me a focus, and a purpose and a way to grieve without tears. Our store used Ireland’s story as our fundraising motivation. All of the funds that our store raised were in honor of my sweet daughter.
I have never been prouder of my friends, co-workers and strangers that donated to a cause that I believe in so deeply.
At the final tally our team raised close to 7,000 dollars for Ireland. For me it was a great way to pay tribute to our precious girl.
On the day of the walk for babies, over 30 of our closest friends and family, laced up their shoes, put their babies in strollers and walked 3-miles for my princess girl. Kevin and I are still honored and humbled by such an outpouring of love from our friends!
Thank you to all who joined us, and check out the March of Dimes, because every baby deserves a chance to thrive.