Upper Hutt Leader
A new online group aims to give unsung women a surprise boost when they need it most.
The Sisterhood is an online group founded by Sophie Slim in Christchurch.
It started in January 2012 when Mrs Slim and a group of women realised they could join together and create something special for other women. And so The Sisterhood was formed.
The group sends women nominated by the sisters surprise gifts the recipients wouldn't normally buy for themselves.
One mother received books, money, decorations and edible treats for and her family, one of whom was undergoing treatment for leukaemia.
An Upper Hutt woman living with "multiple disabilities" is to be one of the next recipients, though she does not know it yet.
Local blogger and mother Cyndi Miller recently joined The Sisterhood after she came across Sophie's blog and identified with giving to those in need.
Mrs Miller says it was sometimes isolating being a mother and it was nice to have a pat on the back once in a while.
"It feels nice to give and it can make them smile," she says.
Mrs Miller was originally from Wales, and with her family overseas she says it was the little things that count, like people unexpectedly dropping by.
There was also a network of bloggers she connected with.
"You get to know other bloggers," she says.
"It's when you have a child, you know they got through it and you can too."
It is through blogging that Mrs Miller first came across The Sisterhood.
"I first read about it on Sophie's blog, about the child with leukaemia."
She decided to join, and gave a book and games to the cause.
Just before the gifts are sent, Sophie takes a photo and sends it to all the people who donated.
People in The Sisterhood can nominate someone they feel is a worthy recipient.
Some get more than others.
"It depends what stories resonate with you," Mrs Miller says.
"They get something they wouldn't buy themselves."
An Upper Hutt woman is next on the list of 10 recipients along with women from Auckland, Christchurch and other places around New Zealand.
- Upper Hutt Leader
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