Claudia Evart is the founder and director of the Siblings Day Foundation. Claudia lost both of her siblings early in her life. She came up with the idea for Siblings Day over a decade ago to honor, celebrate, and give recognition to our brothers and sisters. She chose the date of April 10th because it was the birthday of her sister, Lisette, who passed on.
1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of vehicle donations to struggling families nationwide, knows the importance of bonds with our families. Many of the people that we assist are able to make it through very difficult circumstances in their lives due to family support systems. We have also seen how those who are without families can form bonds with another through our program. This often gives them the family/sibling type relationships they might not have otherwise.
Today we offer you the following list of ideas to honor National Siblings Day:
FOR SIBLINGS YOU ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH
- Send a card or e-card
- Send a letter
- Send a gift or small token of appreciation
- Give them a phone call
- Send a text or picture message
- Perform an act of kindness
- Take them out to eat
- Go see a movie
- Invite them over for a sibling day, night, or to have dinner together
FOR SIBLINGS YOU HAVE A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP WITH
- Take the initiative to reach out to them in some way
- Try to overcome your differences and mend fences
- Contact a neutral friend or family member to help you initiate contact with them
FOR SIBLINGS WHO HAVE PASSED ON
- Have a small memorial
- Write them a letter, read it aloud, then tie it to a balloon and send it off into the sky
- Visit their grave site
- Take a moment of reflection to just remember and think of them
We hope that everyone will take this day to truly show your appreciation, affection, and recognition to your siblings. One simple gesture of love and appreciation can make a brighter day for you both. The same small gestures can be life changing in strained relationships and the ability to move forward for those we have lost.