On April 5, 2011, I gave birth to my first child, a son my husband and I named Jamie. I was surprised at how quickly my perspective on most everything changed. My priorities instantly shifted to focus on his life, the experiences he would have, and how I could positively impact his future.
Like most parents, I want my son to lead a happy, active, healthy life, enjoying the outdoors as often as possible. I want him to breathe fresh, clean air. I want him to explore nature first-hand. I want him to have access to our national parks and I want him to have opportunities to learn and experience history in the places and sites where it actually occurred. I was fortunate enough to have these opportunities and I want the same and more for my son.
So, on my very first Mother’s Day, I am asking all of you to join me by supporting and protecting our national parks. This is a gift we can give our children, ourselves and all posterity and, thanks to Macy’s and the National Park Foundation, there is an easy way to do it.
Now through Mother’s Day, we can send free, personalized Facebook messages to our loved ones in honor of Mother’s Day 2011 and support the National Park Foundation at the same time! For every message that is sent where the sender selects the National Park Foundation as the charity of choice, Macy’s will donate five dollars, up to a total of $400,000 in the recipient’s honor to the National Park Foundation. Visit http://prks.org/parkmom to send a message right now! It’s an incredible opportunity to both honor our moms and all those special to us while simultaneously supporting the parks. I hope you’ll join me!