For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a day to spend time with family, giving thanks for loved ones, eating a home-cooked meal and enjoying all that life has to offer. During this holiday, we at The Hotline pause to give thanks and show gratitude for the following:
- That those affected by domestic violence find the courage and strength to make that first call for help to 1-800-799-SAFE.
- That elected officials understand the serious situation that domestic violence victims find themselves in and are working to help end domestic violence.
- For partners and donors’ support and dedication in helping The Hotline be a vital link to safety for thousands of victims each month.
- For advocates who give selflessly to each caller and are a voice of hope and safety as they journey toward a life free from violence.
Not everyone will have an easy holiday. Some will not be home, but instead seeking safety and refuge at their local family violence shelter. You can make these families’ holidays brighter by reaching out to your local family violence program this season. There are many ways you can help:
- Volunteer your time at a local family violence program
- Donate your professional skills (i.e. legal services, administrative, medical, hairstyling, etc.)
- Organize a food drive or toy drive through your church, club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
- Donate gifts for adults and children. Some programs even provide opportunities for residents to pick and give gifts to their children.
- Adopt a family at your local program
- Donate your gently used clothing items. Programs use these items for residents who flee with only the clothes on their backs. Some also have resale shops and accept donations of clothes, toys, books, etc.
Keep watching the website for our “Light Up the Holidays” series, discussing how you can help those affected by domestic violence this holiday season. And from everyone at The Hotline, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.