This post is sponsored by Luvs.
31 year old Jacquelean Tew did not have an easy start in life. She grew up in foster care, bouncing from house to house, never finding the place she belonged. All she wanted was a genuine, loving home.
“People told me I was nothing. That happened to me a lot in my life. I would have to just act normal. Who was I going to tell my problems to?”
Jacquelean became a single mom at 19. And nobody ever seemed to have her back. But this inspiring woman was not going to be defeated by the circumstances of her life. She may not have grown up in a loving home but she was going to create one for her child.
Jacquelean earned a GED, took odd jobs and worked as a cashier until she was eventually able to buy a Miami home in foreclosure for herself and her daughter Jade. An organization called Neighbors4Neighbors (which connects people in the South Florida community who want to help with local people who need assistance) is helping her rebuild the house which is in serious disrepair.
I knew Jacquelean was the kind of person who does everything for her 12 year old daughter.
Which is why when Luvs (the diaper company) gave me $150 to spend on any parent as part of the company’s #ShareTheLuv campaign, I told Jacquelean this had to be something special just for her.
So we purchased a spa/ beauty day. She plans to get her hair, nails and toes done. This is something she would never do on her own. She says every dollar goes into her home and for her daughter. “I don’t really get to treat myself. It’s really nice to be taken care of.” This is a woman that deserves to be spoiled.
Jacquelean continues to build a better future for herself and her daughter. She now goes to school at Miami Dade College and plans to become a paralegal. She has a lawyer as a mentor.
“You know who should also be a mentor?” I say.
“Who?” she asks.
“You. You are an inspiration to anyone who has dealt with unbelievable disadvantages in life and just kept going. You embody the power of hope and persistence and determination. You inspire me.”
Jacquelean gives me a smile. She probably thinks of herself as more of a survivor than a mentor. But she’s both. I feel lucky to have met such an amazing woman.
Luvs also generously gave me diapers do donate to Covenant House, a safe place for at risk, homeless teens (and their babies) here in Fort Lauderdale. The organization was extremely grateful since diapers can be a big cost for their young, struggling moms.
Luvs is a company that believes in great products (like their Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™) that don’t break the bank. Parenting can be difficult, so diapering shouldn’t be.
Luvs is encouraging parents to “Share the Luv” this February with fellow deserving parents. Also – to make sure everyone gets to share in the Luv – Luvs is offering a great money-saving opportunity with a $1 print-at-home coupon. Click here to access $1 off any one diaper pack.
Print the coupon at home and use it at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. Print-at-Home coupons expire 30 days from the date the coupon is printed.
Because the world always needs more Luvs. And love.
This post is sponsored by Luvs. All ideas are my own.