Spring Cleaning – for Smiles!

One very special family is committed to spring cleaning – for smiles!

Michelle Daum, left, talks with a mother and child as she visits a Save the Children program in Ethiopia.
Michelle Daum, left, talks with a mother and child as she visits a Save the Children program in Ethiopia.

Meet the Daums from Larchmont, NY, who have so far raised $125,000 for Save the Children, over more than a decade, mostly through their annual community tag sales.

It all began, according to mother Michelle Daum, 15 years ago when her daughter Carly generously donated her bat mitzvah gifts to Save the Children. Later, younger daughter Justine did the same. Then the family was inspired to take a trip to one of Save the Children's U.S. programs, deep in a remote Appalachian coal-mining community, to see their donations at work.

So moved by what they experienced, the family decided to do more. And they did!

Since then, the Daums have done some serious spring cleaning, and encouraged their neighbors to do the same, organizing 13 annual community tag sales and donating the proceeds to Save the Children.

They've also visited more Save the Children programs over the years –the most recent in Ethiopia, where the family witnessed Save the Children–trained community health workers at work preventing newborn deaths.

"I think about a child's smile. A hungry child, a sick child doesn't smile. I've seen how Save the Children's programs cause a lot of smiles," Michelle Daum, Save the Children donor and champion for children.

"The programs we have seen in the field have been deeply inspiring. They reach the children in need with the provision of basic tools, such as a loan of $150 to a mother to begin a weaving business so that she can support her children," said Daum.

Special thanks to one family changing the lives of countless children – and giving us all a reason to smile.

Learn more about this amazing family.