Philadelphia’s Only Domestic Violence Shelter in need of Holiday Cheer this Season
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Philadelphia, PA – Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence service provider, is sheltering 132 women and children this holiday season. The agency is asking the public for donations to ensure thesefamilies – who have had to leave their homes to escape abuse – can enjoy a warm and happy holiday.
The most needed items are new coats, hats, scarves, toys and pajamas in a variety of sizes for women and children. Donations should be new and not gift wrapped.
“When women and children come to our shelter, they usually come with very few personal belongings,“ explains Women Against Abuse Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski. “They leave their homes with almost nothing, and they can’t go back.”
Over 600 people, half of whom are children, find safety through Women Against Abuse’s emergency housing services each year, depleting the organization’s ability to consistently provide new clothing and other essentials.
“Receiving a new toy, art supplies or a warm coat can really brighten the holiday season for the children at our shelter,” Lisitski says. “They’re working to heal from traumatic experiences, and knowing that someone in the community cares about them makes all the difference.”
Women Against Abuse will be accepting donations on December 13thfrom 7:30am – 1pm, and December 14th from 12 – 8pm at the Berean Institute at 1901 Girard Avenue.
About Women Against Abuse
Women Against Abuse, Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves more than 10,000 individuals each year through emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education and advocacy. Women Against Abuse operates the only comprehensive program in Philadelphia whose sole purpose is to assist victims of domestic violence and their children. For more information, visit www.womenagainstabuse.org.