This Christmas, as every other, there are hundreds of women and their children who have already fled a violent domestic situation, or will leave during the holidays. Sadly, Christmas is a busy time for those work with victims of domestic abuse and assault, as financial and family related tension often leads to incidents of violence.
This year, the Surrey Womens Centre has a list of over 300 women who have fled violent situations and are not able to provide gifts for their children. The period after one leaves this kind of situation is often as difficult to deal with as the violence itself, and the Surrey Womens Centre provides free counselling, advocacy, and other services to these women and children. Often, the emotional support and strength of their workers in dealing with the justice system and other agencies is the cornerstone that allows a woman to have the courage to rebuild a life and move on.
If you are interested in helping these women and children out, the Womens Centre is looking for toys, gift cards and cash to purchase gifts. And while the innocent children are most important, we must not forget their mothers, who will benefit from knowing a stranger cared enough to make the difference.
For more information about their services, or to assist in donations for the 300 women who have left a violent past behind, please visit www.surreywomenscentre.ca or contact Sheena Edgar at 640-589-1868, ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org