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Celebrate Mom by lending a helping hand

On Mother’s Day, I can’t help but hug my kids a little tighter and count my blessings.

I know everyone is not as fortunate. If you are looking for a way to honor other moms and help children in need, these are some local organizations you can help.

Diapers are a huge expense, but frequent changes are critical to babies’ health. The Diaper Bank of the Carolinas, located in Mauldin, works with local agencies to provide diapers for families in need. You can donate or find out more about the bank at

Outfitting a nursery is expensive. Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg offers the chance for new and expectant moms to buy baby-care and nursery items while learning essential parenting skills through its Earn While You Learn Program. There is a beautiful boutique on site for moms to shop.

The organization also has a maternity closet. To donate or find out more, go to

Hope Center for Children provides emergency shelter for children throughout the Upstate who have been removed from their homes due to safety concerns. They accept new and used clothing, hygiene and cleaning products. You can find a complete list of accepted donations at

Children often enter foster care without any possessions. P.S. I Love You provides care bags for children entering foster care. Bags include a P.S. I Love You pillowcase, a new pillow, a Bible, a blanket, a toy and a bag filled with age-appropriate hygiene items. Each bag costs approximately $60 – $75. Find out more at