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Women Against Abuse Launches 2014 Holiday Gift Drive!

Women Against Abuse and Toys for Tots Partner for 2014 Holiday Gift Drive
Survivors of domestic violence to receive holiday gifts

Philadelphia (November 20, 2014) – Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence agency, is pleased to partner with Toys for Tots for its 2014 Holiday Gift Drive.

The need for gifts is even greater this year, following the recent opening of a new emergency safe haven for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Women Against Abuse now operates two 100-bed emergency safe havens, as well as a 15-unit transitional housing program, and one of the nation’s first legal centers for victims of domestic violence. Clients in each of these programs benefit from the gift drive.

“With the opening of our new safe haven, we are now providing refuge to twice as many women and children, so we will need more support of our gift drive from the community and partners like Toys for Tots than ever before!” said Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse.

"Seeing the excitement in a mother's eyes as she chooses gifts for her children, and watching the bliss of a child as they open their present is an experience we do not take for granted.  It is truly a privilege to experience this joy with the families we serve; and one that would not be possible without the generosity of donors,” said Sam and Barbara – Children’s Case Managers at Women Against Abuse.

The women and children who benefit from the Holiday Gift Drive have had to flee their homes to escape from domestic violence. Often, they arrive at Women Against Abuse’s confidential emergency safe havens with only the clothes on their backs. New clothing, toys, books, and journals make perfect gifts. All gifts should be unwrapped and new.

Call to the Community: Adopt-A-Family Program. Women Against Abuse is also in need of community support for its Adopt-A-Family program. As part of its Holiday Gift Drive, the Adopt-A-Family program is a fun and rewarding way to celebrate the holidays and share the spirit of giving by directly supporting Women Against Abuse clients who are transitioning into homes of their own. Participants will receive a profile of their “adopted family,” as well as a personalized wish list. This year, there are more than 50 families who need to be “adopted.” Community members can sign up now through the end of November to get involved!

For more information about the Women Against Abuse Holiday Gift Drive and Adopt-A-Family Program, visit http://bit.ly/WAAgiftdrive14.

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About Women Against Abuse
Women Against Abuse, Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves more than 14,000 individuals in Philadelphia each year through emergency safe haven, transitional housing, legal services, hotline counseling, community education and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.womenagainstabuse.org. 

About Toys for Tots
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. For more information, visit http://www.toysfortots.org/

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MEDIA CONTACT
Katie Young-Wildes
Director of Advancement, Women Against Abuse
O. 215-386-1280 x116; C. 267-240-4960
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