Maryanne from Creative Parenting Classes collects each year to help the women receiving support and shelter from “A Woman’s Place” in Warrington, PA. She sent me this letter to share with BCFFE readers in hopes to spread the word and get more support for such a great cause. I know we have many wonderful readers at BCFFE who have great-big-hearts and would be on board with helping out those in need, especially during the holidays when these families want to make a memorable holiday for their children.
Last year, Creative Parenting moms did a great job collecting for “A Woman’s Place” Christmas party. We would like to help them again this year. I have called “A Women’s Place” in Warrington and they could really use our help. This shelter for women who are faced with domestic violence and abuse. Many of the women and children arrive there with nothing but the clothes on their back. The families are from Bucks County. The bad economic times have been very tough on some of our neighbors.
They need diapers (size 4 and 5 if possible) wipes and formula. They have asked for toilet paper, paper towels , dish soap, floor cleaner, laundry detergent, glass cleaner ,sponges and any other cleaning supplies you can think of,
They are calling it DECK THE HALLS of A Woman’s Place with toilet paper.
The families have a holiday party on Dec. 12th. The shelter sets up a shop where moms can shop for their kids and where the kids can pick out gifts for mom. They are in desperate need of gifts for this Christmas shop. Toys for Tots will be coordinating the toys again this year. We do NOT need to collect toys. The shelter likes to give moms gift cards so they can pick out their own presents for their children.
In the spirit of the holiday, I am asking if you would like to help me make this a happy holiday for these families.
The director told me that the children are between newborn and age 18. She suggested children’s clothes, hats, gloves, scarves and GIFT cards. We raised over 1500.00 in gift cards last year and I am hopeful we can do better. Because of the bad economy, the director suggested grocery store and Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart gift cards this year (stores that sell a variety of things)
For the moms she suggested picture frames, purses, wallets, costume jewelry (She said this is a favorite with the kids) makeup gift sets, slippers, robe and pajama sets, coffee mugs, tea pots holiday decorations, sweaters and Bath & Body Works gift sets.
Presents should not be wrapped, but if you put a bow and ribbon around it to make it festive, it would be appreciated.
If you want to help out, you can give your donation to your classroom teacher. We will deliver all donations on Dec. 6th. If you call me, I will come to your location to pick up your donations. All donations can be dropped off at Newtown Church.
They are also in need of cookies, brownies, soft pretzel and krispie treats for the party on the 12th. You can drop the treats off at Newtown on the 11th or the 12th of Dec.
Please ask your playgroups scout troops and moms club if they would like to help.
Please email me if you have any questions. Sixfisher@msn.com
Thank you, Maryanne Fisher 215-322-5755
Info about “A Woman’s Place”:
AWP provides a full range of assistance and support services for victims of domestic abuse and violence and their children, including a free 24-hour confidential hotline, a full-service residential shelter, individual and group counseling, legal and medical advocacy, and a children’s program. As domestic violence is a community issue, requiring community effort and support to successfully eradicate, AWP also provides comprehensive community-based domestic violence training, education, outreach, and advocacy.