2016 Holiday Gift Program Spreads Joy to Local Families Affected by Domestic Violence

Last week, REACH held its annual Holiday Gift Drive for local families, culminating in a party on Thursday evening for survivors and their children to enjoy.  As one survivor put it, “I am trying my hardest not to let the obstacles bring me down and to remain positive for my kids. I want to give them the best Christmas I possibly can, and I would not be able to do that without your help. So thank you, thank you! I am beyond grateful, and my children are, too. I cannot wait to see the smiles on their faces!” 

The gift room full of goodies, just before distribution began.

With this program, 250 survivors and their children received gifts supplied by the generosity of strangers they’ve never met. The gifts were items that they themselves had asked for; gifts that donors thoughtfully picked out based on information provided by the survivor such as sizes, favorite colors, and hobbies. As we heard over and over, “This makes a tremendous difference in our Christmas.”

For REACH staff and volunteers, it was a wonderful week of organizing and then distributing the gifts. The party, which was hosted once again by our friends at Cimpress and Vistaprint and catered by Blue Ribbon BBQ along with an amazing group of volunteers, provided an opportunity for survivors to gather and strengthen the social connections that are so important to their health and ongoing healing. A big thank you also to our friends at The Nelson Companies who provided us with a location for gift drop-offs.

This program would not be possible without the kindness of REACH’s donors who do so much not only to brighten the holiday season, but to provide important services to survivors year-round, and support our efforts to build healthy relationships in the community. If you are interested in shopping for a family next year, or organizing a gift drive at your company, email Deb Heimel, our Associate Executive Director.

Our intrepid group of volunteer “reindeer” who braved frigid temperatures to help survivors bring armloads of gifts out to their cars.