Donate Toys, Gift Cards to Support Families Affected by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence Program (DVP) and the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) invite
Alexandria residents and organizations to support families affected by domestic
violence and sexual assault during the upcoming holiday season by contributing
gift cards or unwrapped new toys.
One in five women and one in 71 men
will be raped at some point in their lives. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape,
physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States --
that’s more than 12 million people over the course of a year.
like this and having one’s children directly or indirectly affected by this
kind of violence impacts families on many dimensions, especially their economic
standing,” says DVP Community Services Specialist Yeme Mehari. “Many times,
these are the only toys or gifts the families will be receiving.”
DVP and SAC
staff will present the gifts during the Children’s Holiday Party, an event the two
programs sponsor together each year. The aim of the event is to provide the
families served by the programs respite from financial, emotional and
psychological burdens that come with the holiday season, says Mehari.
In addition to
individual gifts, organizations and faith-based groups also have the option to
sponsor a toy drive or giving tree. If interested, email Magdalia.Martinez@alexandriava.gov
or call 703.746.4911.
If interested in donating individual gifts or gift cards, read or download a PDF list of gift suggestions for toys by age and gift card recommendations. Donations must be received by December 13, and all toys should be unwrapped. To drop off donations, call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 703.746.4911 to ensure staff are present at the drop-off location. For questions or more information, email Yemesrach.Mehari@alexandriava.gov.