Donate Gift Cards to Support Families Affected by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
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December 4, 2020--The City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program (DVP) and the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) are collecting donations of gift cards to local stores in denominations of $25 to provide families recently served by the programs with holiday gifts.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.
Experiencing such trauma impacts families on multiple levels, including economic standing. Each year, the DVP and SAC organize a holiday party for children and parents who have been recently served and provide gifts to each family.
Even though this year’s party was cancelled due to the pandemic, the programs are continuing the annual gift-giving by collecting donated gift cards and giving them to families so they will have the opportunity to purchase something special for themselves or their children. To promote safe gift-giving, the programs prefer donations of gift cards but are also accepting new, unwrapped children’s toys.
Donations can be sent to 123 N. Pitt Street, Suite 225, Alexandria, VA, or dropped off at that location by appointment by calling 703.746.4911. Those interested in supporting these families can also donate directly to the Domestic Violence program online.
The deadline for drop-off or delivery of gift cards or unwrapped new toys is December 15.
Learn more about the program and other ways to help at alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence. For questions or help deciding what to purchase, please call 703.746.4911.