By Kirsten Feyling, Senior Director, Individual Giving
Today is the fifth day of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. This final day of celebration is focused on the love and special bond shared between siblings. Hindus pray for the long life of their brothers and sisters, and demonstrate their commitment to loving and protecting one another with gifts.
A celebration of siblings is extra special to me. As the mother of 19-month-old identical twin boys, I have a new appreciation for the special bond between siblings.
Like any mother, I want everything to be possible for my sons. If they love to sing, I want them to learn music. When they discover science, I want them to run experiments. I will do my best to provide them with the chance they deserve to cultivate their passions and interests, now and throughout their lives. And, the best way I can do that is to give them a home filled with love.
Every day, I watch in awe as my boys explore the world together. I see them taking care of each another in little ways, like taking turns riding a tricycle or handing over a toy, each making sure the other is having fun. As they grow up, I know they will continue to support one another, even after I am gone.
But, what if tragedy struck and they no longer had the loving care of a family to protect them? Who would advocate for them? Who would ensure they could chase their dreams? If they had to navigate childhood alone without a parent's care, would they be able to have fulfilling lives?
These are the questions children in SOS families have had to face before coming into our care. At SOS Children’s Villages, we work hard to keep siblings together when they lose their parents.
The love between siblings is one of the most powerful bonds.
We believe in keeping siblings connected throughout childhood, no matter what hardship they have previously endured. Just like my own children, every child deserves to grow up surrounded by family in a loving home.
This week, we are raising $5,000 on Facebook in honor of the five days of Diwali.
Will you make a gift today to honor a sibling or a friend who’s been like a sibling to you?
Your gift will give children the support of a loving family and hope for the future.
- Make a donation to SOS Children’s Villages on Facebook at this link.
- Write a Facebook post dedicating your gift to a loved one
- Share your post on Facebook with the hashtag #LightOfMyLife
On behalf of me and my boys, I am truly grateful for your generosity.