Behind every drunk driving statistic is a person whose life was full of family and friends, love and life, joy and laughter. They are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their lives touched so many and they will never be forgotten.
This holiday season, we are asking everyone to take part in our online celebration of life candlelight vigil, and light a virtual candle in honor of a loved one who was killed or injured in a drunk driving crash.
You can share their story or write them a message, and light a candle in their honor or memory. Participate in our online tribute by lighting your virtual candle now.
For many people, this is a season of celebrations. However, the holidays are often a difficult time for those of us who are bereaved and coping with loss. Many bereaved and injured people face this season with apprehension often in fear of their emotional reactions to what are supposed to be happy, memorable events.
A common question asked by those mourning a loved one or struggling to make sense of other losses is, “How can I get through the holidays?” There is no single answer of what we should or should not do, but it is important that we consider what activities are comfortable for us to participate in during the holidays.
Here are some suggestions for people experiencing bereavement and/or injury for coping during the holidays:
- Plan ahead for the approaching holidays. Accept that this might be a difficult time for you. The additional stress this season brings may impact you emotionally, physically and spiritually. These are normal reactions. Be prepared for rushes of emotions that may occur.
- Recognize that the holidays might not be the same as they were in the past. Expecting everything to seem the same might lead to disappointment. Modify or make new traditions if it feels right. Just remember to include others who are grieving, especially children, in decisions.
- Don’t overwhelm or over commit yourself. Give yourself a reprieve. Take time for yourself and take care of yourself. Take it slow and easy, one step at a time.
- Be careful not to isolate yourself. It is all right to take time for yourself, but try not to cut yourself off from the support of family and friends.
- The holidays may affect other family members. Talk to others as you make plans and share your feelings. Respect other’s choices and needs, and compromise if necessary.
- Expect to experience some feelings of emotional pain. When the feelings come, let them.
- Accept a few invitations to be with close family or friends. Choose the ones that sound most appealing at the time and decline the ones that feel more like an obligation.
- Talk about your feelings. Let people know if you are having a tough day.
- Share your favorite stories with others and make a toast or light a candle in honor and remembrance.
When everyone else appears so happy and cheerful, it is easy to feel alone. You may feel out of sorts with the holiday season. Recognizing that the holidays can be painful often helps ease that sense of isolation. If you need any additional assistance, please call 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435). MADD is just one call away.
Each year during the holiday season there is a day for shopping in stores — “Black Friday” — and a day for shopping online — “Cyber Monday. ” Now, there is a day for Americans to show they give as good as they get.
Today is the first ever #GivingTuesday™! This new annual celebration is less about buying gifts and more about giving back.
Since #GivingTuesday was designed to kick off the giving season, we realized that there couldn’t possibly be a better day than today to launch our 2012 holiday fundraising campaign.
We’ve set a goal to raise $200,000 this holiday season. I know, it seems like a lot, but with this $200,000 carrying us into the new year, we’re confident that we’ll be able to make great strides in 2013.
We plan to: continue advocating for new legislation in states that currently do not require convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices; equip more parents and teens with the tools they need to prevent underage drinking; and serve even more victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving in 2013 and beyond — until there are no more victims to serve.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here are videos of MADD volunteers telling their story and why they choose to support MADD.
You can help make #GivingTuesday — the giving season’s opening day — a success by donating to MADD today!
Thanksgiving is Thursday (I can’t believe 2012 is already coming to an end!), and this year there are so many things I’m thankful for — like my family, my friends and MADD. I’m thankful for a way to honor my daughter, Alisa Joy, each and every day through my work with MADD. I’m thankful that after all of this time, I can see a future without drunk driving.
I’m also thankful for you. Your time, money and support of MADD’s mission has helped us save almost 300,000 lives and serve more than 300,000 victims and survivors… and counting.
While it felt like a whirlwind to me, we’ve done some amazing things together this year — our MADD family helped pass stronger ignition interlock laws in several states, served one victim of drunk driving every eight minutes, and assembled a Power of You(th)™ Teen Influencer Group that helped us create a teen booklet to help prevent underage drinking.
So, thank you for your support — we could not make such important change in the world without committed supporters like you.
Wishing you a warm, safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of the MADD volunteers, staff and board members!
As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, we want to take this time to acknowledge and thank some of our supporters who provide products and services that benefit MADD’s mission and our members.
Nationwide Insurance® (the national presenting sponsor of the Power of Parents® and Tie One on for Safety® programs) for supporting MADD and our members by offering exclusive insurance discounts to MADD supporters. Learn more»
DialAmerica for donating 12.5% of the purchase price of magazine subscriptions to support the fight against drunk driving. Learn more»
MADD Virgin Drinks for supporting MADD’s efforts to reduce the incidence of drunk driving by offering an alcohol-free beverage alternative for designated drivers, and for contributing 10% of net sales to MADD. Learn more»
#TAXI (#-8-2-9-4) on your mobile™ for donating $0.50 per call to MADD during November and December, a dangerous time of year on our roadways, and for their on-going commitment to helping keep our roads safe this holiday season and all year long. Learn more»
Stonehenge Strategic Group, PVH and Macy’s for developing the Cocktail Expressions tie collection to help raise awareness for MADD’s mission as well as donating a portion of the net sales to MADD. Learn more»
UMB Bank for supporting MADD's mission and helping to raise awareness by offering the MADD Visa® Platinum Rewards Card, and donating $50 to MADD with the first user purchase. Learn more»
Whether organizations or individuals, the investment of MADD supporters’ time and money saves lives in communities across the nation.