Tailyn Polanco of Haverhill, Massachusetts, recalls how her mother struggled to raise three children on her own after leaving an abusive husband. Even as little as $10 would have meant so much, Tailyn says, remembering how she found her mother crying because she couldn't afford nylons for a job interview. With these thoughts in mind, Tailyn looks for mothers like her own who could use a little help.
Through a local shelter, Tailyn finds five single mothers. Each is trying to make it on her own after losing a job or a home. With the holidays approaching, she gives each mother a $100 gift certificate to a grocery store and a $100 Wal-Mart gift card
"Hopefully [the gift cards] will get some stress off their shoulders from trying to make ends meet," says Tailyn. "My mom would have loved to have any little type of help…this would have been amazing for her."