This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #100MillionReasons #CollectiveBias When I was almost 40, I found out I was expecting my third child. I will be honest, I was terrified! None of my friends were having babies at this age and I already had two children, one of which was almost 14! About 6 months into the pregnancy, I began to have complications. I was having high blood pressure issues and the baby was not as active as the other two had been. My doctor labeled me as having a high risk pregnancy and gave me a list of instructions I was to follow to the “T”. One of the items on the list was to take prenatal vitamins, which I took faithfully every day. I didn’t have any family nearby and as I said, most of my friends just could not relate to what I was going through. I decided to join a support group for other expectant moms and those who had recently delivered a high risk baby. I cannot tell you the peace of mind this gave me. Through my group, I found out a woman from my church was going through a similar situation, and we became fast friends.
Fast forward 3 or so months, and I delivered a 10 pound baby boy. He was perfectly beautiful and I fell in love instantly. I continued to attend my support group meetings for almost a year after Henry was born. One thing my doctor was adamant about when it came to my post-partum routine was to take a good multivitamin. I will be honest; this was not something I had taken before my latest pregnancy. Of course I had taken prenatal vitamins with all of my pregnancies, but I stopped taking them after the babies were born. My doctor said there were too many essential vitamins and minerals in a multivitamin that my body needed. While I was talking to my new friend from church, I told her about the vitamins and asked if she took a multivitamin. She said her doctor had strongly recommended she take them, just as mine did. My pediatrician highly recommended my children take them as well. We have all been taking them ever since!
My friend from my support group told me she learned about the importance of taking vitamins when she was on a mission trip. She said the area her church group visited was one of the poorest in the region. Running water was considered a luxury, so you can imagine having access to vitamins was not even on their radar. The missionaries brought vitamins for the people in the village. The mission doctor stressed how crucial the vitamins were for the new mothers and their children. Once I learned the group would be going back in 6 months, I wanted to help. My family donated vitamins and we helped find other donors. It was such a blessing to be able to help others. When I heard about the Vitamin Angels program with Walgreens, it made me immediately think of my friend and her mission work. This was a program I could participate in that would have a direct impact on at risk populations (pregnant women, new mothers and children under 5), without leaving the country!
When you purchase Centrum Vitamins from Walgreens, they will donate 1% of the proceeds to the Vitamin Angels program. This is actually the brand I was already taking, to find I was doing myself and others good, just filled me with purpose and joy! The Vitamin Angles has been helping the at-risk populations for more than 20 years. Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide at-risk mothers and children life-saving vitamins and minerals. In 2014, Vitamin Angels reached 40 million children in 45 countries and are distributing 300 million vitamins in 2015. When I buy the Centrum Vitamins from Walgreens for myself and my family, I am part of something so much bigger than me.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, my family and I take a Centrum multivitamin every morning. I pack a healthy lunch for my daughter every school day. This ensures she is actually eating her lunch and not skipping that important meal. When we were buying her lunch every day, it was hit or miss if she would eat what they were serving. What happened was she had that late afternoon slump, which is not the way to end your day. She and Henry love the Centrum Multi Gummies with their Cherry, Berry & Orange flavors. Because they are in their mid-teens now, they are taking the adult Centrum Multi Gummies. Since I am 52 now, I am taking the Centrum Silver, for women over 50. The Centrum Silver Adults 50+ is formulated with key nutrients to help support my heart, brain and eye health.
Walgreens and Vitamin Angels are teaming up to bring 100 million mothers and children the essential nutrients and vitamins many of us take for granted. When I heard this, it immediately made me think of the women and children my friend had helped with their vitamin donations almost 15 years ago. With the Vitamin Angels program, together we can help 100 children. Vitamin Angels gives you 100 million reasons to take your vitamins. And as a reward for you, when you spend $30 or more on eligible Centrum products you’ll receive 10,000 Balance Rewards points!
Which Centrum multivitamin from Walgreens will you buy to support Vitamin Angels?