Domestic Violence Roundtable Invites You to Support Holiday Drives for Families Affected by Abuse

Each year the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable sponsors a family for the holidays, and each year we invite our local communities to become involved in making the holidays brighter for families affected by domestic violence. Families in shelter for the holidays face a sad and difficult time as they are separated from family and friends and are hiding from their abusers. These agencies also serve families living in our local communities.

The Covid pandemic continues to be difficult for everyone, but it has been especially difficult for families affected by abuse. Just covering everyday expenses is a challenge. With the help of our local communities, these families can have happy holidays.

There are a number of ways that you can help. Sponsoring a family can be a wonderful way for you and your family to do something together to help others.

You can also involve extended family, neighbors, and friends. Or perhaps your colleagues at work, your book club, scout troop, civic organization, or club would like to organize a collection. Your participation in a holiday drive can help relieve the stress and depression that overcome shelter families at this time of year. The support that comes from the community at this time of year reinforces their decisions to seek safety and end violence in their lives. Each gift, each donation, each good holiday wish has a positive effect on their self-esteem and boosts their spirits. And it lifts the spirits of the donors too.

Three local agencies offer services and programs for families affected by domestic violence. All of these programs conduct a Holiday Drive.

For further information about how you might help, please contact:
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
Maria Duffy, Asst. Director of Development, mduffy@reachma.org
781-891-0724 X109, Deadline: November 29th

The Second Step
Michaela Estes mestes@thesecondstep.org 617-467-5334
Gift Card Drive
Deadline: December 15th

Voices Against Violence
Simone Williams simonew@smoc.org 508-820-0834
Deadline: December 15th

Holiday drives start early so that agencies have time to process donations. In some cases, gift cards are being collected so families can shop and wrap their presents. Please call or email now to see how you can help. Thank you.

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