SIBLINGS DAY FOUNDATION

THE WORD FOUNDATION IN OUR NAME REFERS TO THE FORMATION OF THE SIBLING RELATIONSHIP

A non-for-profit, IRC §501(c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating the sibling relationship  and the bond that is forever a special gift.     

April 10 Is Siblings Day

Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA in 1907 and Father’s Day founded by Mrs. John Dodd of Spokane, WA in 1910. Almost one hundred ten (110) years have gone by without honoring our siblings!
Claudia Evart, a native New Yorker, after losing both her only siblings, felt inspired to create Siblings Day Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) publicly supported volunteer organization. See our website, www.siblingsday.org for information about past work to get National Siblings Day established.

Beginning April 10, 2015, Siblings Day was #1 trending topic on social media for two consecutive days. Worldwide media outlets published and posted stories about Siblings Day which included blogs and TV and radio broadcasts. There was also an overwhelming response from the public, celebrities and politicians which lead to Siblings Day going viral and trending on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Over the years, we have been working continually to spread the idea of Siblings Day and have been recognized by three past US Presidents (2000: Clinton, 2008: Bush, 2016: Obama) and six cabinet members. We’ve also received gubernatorial proclamations from 49 states and recognition from many other politicians including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, NY Mayors; Manhattan borough President; celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Olsen sisters, Beyoncé, Kardashians, Cindy Crawford; cultural institutions including children’s museums and zoos; universities and colleges, and more importantly America’s siblings. In furtherance of establishing this day, we have been involved in the creation of UN resolution for Siblings Day with the help of UN Estonian Ambassador, Sven Jürgenson and the President from the Republic of Estonia and look forward to discussions with other countries.

 FACT  SHEET   –  MARCH 2019

  • Siblings Day (SD) follows the spirit of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – a great family tradition and celebration of family values. It is an uplifting celebration honoring the people who have shaped our values, beliefs and ideals.
  • Mothers and Fathers Days are celebrated around the world for over a century and it is high time siblings honor, celebrate and cherish that special bond between siblings. Siblings need a day to call their own.
  • Sibling bonds are life-long relationships, usually lasting from early childhood to the golden years and could span up to 80 years. The sibling relationship is the longest in a person’s life and endures longer than our relationship with our mothers and fathers.
  • Because of the blood relationship, we look alike and enjoy feelings of closeness which may never be surpassed.
  • Siblings are a special gift and bonding amongst them is vital part of keeping our families, communities and nations strong. Brothers and sisters provide an anchor for one another, becoming some of our closest friends and most trusted advisors.
  • We honor our parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but we need to set aside a special day to honor our brothers and sisters. India and other South Asian countries have been celebrating and honoring their siblings for thousands of years.
  • For over two decades the Siblings Day Foundation has been promoting public awareness for a National Celebration of all siblings on April 10th to be called National Siblings Day. It is not federally recognized in the US, unlike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, although this is the stated goal of the Siblings Day Foundation.
  • When one loses a sibling, especially at an early age, this leaves a void that can never be replaced. We all too often take our siblings for granted. We do not appreciate them until they have moved geographically away from us or die. Siblings Day, April 10th, would give us an opportunity to let our brothers and sisters know we cherish, love and appreciate them.
  • The Siblings Day Foundation’s (SDF) many accomplishments and milestones include: Three American presidents, Clinton (2000), Bush (2008) and Obama (2016) have formally recognized SD by signing a Presidential Message and it is a matter of time until a future President will make it official by signing a Presidential Proclamation.
  • Governors in 49 states have recognized and adopted Siblings Day by issuing a Gubernatorial Proclamation; all of whom have formally recognized and support celebrating a National Siblings Day.
  • Other supporters in US who lauded the SDF’s efforts to promote the celebration of SD include members of US Congress such as the late Senator Edward Kennedy, present and past NY Senators Schumer, Clinton and Gillibrand; Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney; six former White House cabinet members, NYC mayors, as have other state and local elected officials and most importantly, the general public.
  • SD gets lots of media attention in print, on TV and radio, nationally and internationally. Coverage includes: International Business Times and other news outlets, YouTube’s global blog, and various celebrity blogs. Epoch Times wrote an article about Siblings Day on April 10th that was published in 35 countries in 21 languages.
  • Due to the efforts of the SDF, a National Siblings Day is being observed in other countries spreading as far as Australia, Canada, Ghana, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and more.
  • Oprah Winfrey featured and celebrated Siblings Day on her national and international television show for three years. SD was broadcast worldwide on Voice of America for six years and covered on many other news outlets.
  • For over 6 years SD has been a top trending topic on social media and has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and Tumblr.
  • Claudia Evart, the founder of Siblings Day is a native New Yorker and resident of Manhattan. After losing both of her siblings, Alan and Lisette early in life she was inspired to create the SDF, a tax-exempt organization whose goals include the establishment of a National Siblings Day to be celebrated annually on April 10, the birthday of her late sister, Lisette.
  • Claudia Evart is the third American to create a national family day. Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1907 and Father’s Day at the request of Mrs. John B. Dodd of Spokane, Washington in 1910.
  • SDF is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) volunteer organization.

 

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