When Holly McIntyre and her daughter Cory started the Facebook group Gifting for Women last week, they had a vision of bringing women together to empower one another through the act of giving. The duo could have never imagined growing to more than 20,000 members in such a short time.
“I had already been in a smaller gifting group before,” Cory McIntyre said. “When I would receive a gift, mom loved seeing the joy on my face. She wanted to be a part of it as well so we thought we should create our own group for women to come together and bless each other.”
The guidelines for the group are quite simple- each member creates an Amazon wishlist and shares their link with the group.
While introducing themselves after joining, some women request to gift certain people such as someone who shares the same birthday, the same passion for animals, or even a life event such as pregnancy loss. This aspect of the group has helped members to find common ground with other women.
“What we are most excited about with this group is the fact that many women from different stages of life are coming together and sharing life together,” Holly McIntyre said. “There is so much encouragement, inspiration and just the fact that they’re relating together.”
What started as a place for local women to gather, spread to include numerous members across the country.
“I’m honestly excited to reach so many people,” Cory McIntyre said. “I hold kindness and a giving heart close to me, and I’m so excited to see other people taking those values as their own too. Kindness is spread from person to person and that includes receiving a little gift in an Amazon package.”
With the page going viral, the founders have stayed busy creating FAQ pages, answering questions via messenger and ensuring the group stays positive and true to the vision of uplifting one another.
As a result of the interest, they have added more moderators and describe the atmosphere as a safe and uplifting place to come for encouragement.
“I think the coolest part about it is looking at people’s lists and getting to know them, see their interests, and who they are. It’s really a beautiful thing,” Holly McIntyre said. “Women wear many hats and juggle life- sometimes we forget who we are, we are so physically and mentally exhausted that we forget to care for ourselves.”