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Virginia mom's blog raises $83K in 50 hours

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Virginia mom's blog raises $83K in 50 hours Virginia mom's blog raises $83K in 50 hours

For a young, mother of three in Ashburn, Mother's Day is not about brunch or a ton of gifts for her.

Instead, Glennon Melton uses this day to give some special moms she's met through her blog, the very thing they need most.

And she does it, in the most unusual way--a love flash mob. It's a idea, that came to life through her blog, momastery.com.

"We built this community of people who are telling the truth, trying to understand each other. People who are very different, but have the common goal of loving each other better,"Melton says.

One way they do it, is through what Melton calls love flash mobs, online.

"I post a need on the blog , a family in need, and that's the start of the flash mob. And then people around the world start dancing," Melton says.

Actually they start donating, $25 max.The goal for this Mother's Day love flash mob was a fully equipped handicapped accessible van for a woman named Claudia with Lou Gehrig's disease, and another van for Mindy who has stage four lung, bone, and liver cancer.

"We raised $83,000 in 50 hours," Melton says. "At one point the donations were coming in six every minute."

Both ladies will be getting their vans soon, but Melton says it's the people around the world who've donated who are getting the real gift this Mother's Day.

"We adopt Mother's Teresa's saying that we can do no great thing, but we can do small things with great love and that's what we prove with these flash mobs. Everyone has something to give, "Melton says. "And when we add our small resources together we can make big miracles."

Melton may be the biggest miracle of all. And it started on Mother's Day in 2002. When she walked away from a life of bulimia and alcoholism cold turkey, and turned to a life revolving around family, faith, and service to others.. Besides her blog, momastery.com, she writes for the Huffington Post, and is working on a book.

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