Surprise Mom with the Gift of Free Time (to Have Fun!) this Mother's Day

Save the Children’s new #BabySitIn volunteer campaign treats moms to a night (or day) sans kids, while giving back to the world’s babies

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Disney Star Bridget Mendler and Kids across America kick off Save the Children’s #BabySitIn teen volunteer campaign in Washington, DC on April 9, 2014. Running from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, the teen volunteer campaign aims to give parents a break and babies a boost to a healthy start in life. From left to right: Evania Nikodimos, 5, Emelie Shimkute, 5, Ginnie-Li, 7, Kate Haley, 7, Owen Haley, 10 and Liam Haley, 11. Photo Credit: Joshua Roberts
Disney Star Bridget Mendler and Kids across America kick off Save the Children’s #BabySitIn teen volunteer campaign in Washington, DC on April 9, 2014. Running from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, the teen volunteer campaign aims to give parents a break and babies a boost to a healthy start in life. From left to right: Evania Nikodimos, 5, Emelie Shimkute, 5, Ginnie-Li, 7, Kate Haley, 7, Owen Haley, 10 and Liam Haley, 11. Photo Credit: Joshua Roberts

WESTPORT, Conn. (April 30, 2014) — Sure, flowers and chocolates are a Mother’s Day staple, but if you’re searching for something unique and memorable to give mom this year, Save the Children has you covered. The organization’s new #BabySitIn volunteer campaign is a gift for the mom in your life that gives back to mothers and babies around the world.

Here is how a #BabySitIn works: a teen volunteers his/her babysitting time to a mom; a member of the mom’s family (the gift giver) makes a donation to Save the Children; and Save the Children uses that donation to help the world’s babies and toddlers. Learn more by visiting www.savethechildren.orgBabySitIn.

“What better gift to give a busy mom in your life than a much deserved break,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO for Save the Children. “#BabySitIn allows moms to go out and have some fun, while at the same time giving back by helping babies everywhere get a strong and healthy start.”

The #BabySitIn campaign will last from Mother’s Day, May 11, through Father’s Day, June 15. Spearheaded by Save the Children’s newest artist ambassador, Disney actress and platinum-selling recording artist Bridgit Mendler, the campaign’s goal is to help babies in America and around the world have a stronger start in life.

Every day, 18,000 children around the world don’t make it to their fifth birthday, losing their lives to mostly preventable and treatable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. Meanwhile, in the United States, kids living in poverty are developmentally 18 months behind their peers by age four. Yet, two out of five children in America are not enrolled in preschool.

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protect from harm. We invest in childhood-- every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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