Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Support domestic violence programs during the holidays

The holidays are here already. Time flies by doesn't it? It seems like last month that my family was packing away the Christmas tree and carefully wrapping up the decorations. It is time again to begin our yearly Christmas tradition and I always look forward to it.

One of our holiday traditions is to do something for someone who is less fortunate. There are many ways to support domestic violence programs. I'm going to include a few ideas below. We always support Hope for Healing.Org and usually put something extra in the church offering plate. If you are going to support a local program, I suggest calling to see what they need. Cash is always good but sometimes a program can be as short on copier paper or toner as it is on toys.

Here are a few things to ask your local program:

What do you need items for clients?
Are you taking donations of...
  • Toys
  • Adopt-a-family or Angel Tree
  • Food
  • Decorations
  • Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid or personal supplies

Does the program need...
  • Projector
  • Copy paper
  • Toner (If yes, what kind?)
  • Bulletin board
  • Small gifts for staff
  • Office supplies

Financial donations
Does the organizations accept...
  • Pay Pal
  • Credit Cards
  • Check
  • Cash
  • iGive
Should the gift be designated for 
  • General operating funds
  • Particular budget item

Generally, financial donations of any size are appreciated as is any in-kind gift that the program needs. Just give your shelter or local program a call. They will be glad to hear from you.

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