I asked ladies on my Facebook page the other day, “what’s on your personal gift list?”. Their answers didn’t surprise me but they did bring a lump to my throat. Several mentioned the Ninja Grill so I’ll have to have a look at them because ours is getting pretty old.
Some mentioned seeing family members they’ve not been able to visit since the lockdown. Many said they need absolutely nothing. One reader, Victoria, said she has more than she needs so she’s going to make gift bags for her local woman’s shelter. And not just the basics.
She’s planning to include a few extra special treats in them that they won’t be expecting. Perhaps a little bottle of essential oil or lovely hand cream. Maybe a gift certificate for a pedicure or haircut at a local business ( serves two purposes ) to be used when this lockdown is over. A lavender pillow spray or even a gift certificate for a local coffee shop or restaurant.
This lockdown has increased the stress levels in all households, but those with abusive spouses are escalating dramatically. These women literally escape in the night, to save themselves and their children. They don’t have the time to grab anything but themselves and their children. Many end up living on the street, sleeping in cars, and scrambling to stay safe. The ones who are lucky enough to make it to a shelter are provided some very basic items, but no special treats.
We all have so very much to be grateful for, it would be wonderful for us to help these women…and their children. It’s a beautiful idea I hope many of us can get behind it.
Domestic abuse shelters keep their locations private in order to protect the women and children. You can enter your zip code here and this website will bring up the shelters in your area, along with telephone numbers so you can contact and ask if they have special needs.
Here’s a list to get you started:
- Bras and underwear
- Walking shoes
- Cosmetics, nail polish, makeup
- Toiletries, face wash, toothbrush, hair products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant
- Clothing, shirts, pants, business attire, jeans
- Feminine products
- Children’s toys
- Baby wipes
- children’s clothing and shoes
You can also create and donate a virtual shoebox here during their holiday drive in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
I have bags ready to go to Goodwill which I’m going through to handpick the nicest pieces to take to my shelter. I’m always buying duplicates of my favorite toiletries when they’re on sale, so I’ll be donating those this year.
Anything we do is so appreciated. Now more than ever, these women need our help. Let’s show these ladies the kindness that’s been lacking for too long and provide some special treats to help restore their dignity.
I hope this idea inspires you as much as it does me. Happy Holidays!