While many celebrate the blessings of the holiday season with their families, other families are living with the terrors of domestic violence. The Hubbard House domestic violence emergency shelter will be home to more than 80 women, children and men looking for safety over the holidays. For those who have been affected by domestic violence, holiday joy is often more of a wish than a reality. Hubbard House relies on the generosity of the community to help make the holidays a little easier for families who have experienced violence in their home. There are several different holiday donation opportunities that the community can take part in to lend a hand and make someone’s holiday season brighter.
Holiday donation opportunities include:
Holiday Food Drive – Nov. 1 – Dec. 31: Hubbard House provides victims and their families groceries from which they are able to prepare three meals a day, in addition to snacks. Hubbard House relies on the community to help keep the food pantry stocked year round. You can help by donating non-perishable food items or by organizing a food collection drive through your place of employment, with your family and friends, or through your civic or church group.
Thanksgiving Baskets Collection Drive – Nov. 16 – 19: With your help, Hubbard House provides families with Thanksgiving food baskets that include turkeys (via gift cards) and all the fixings associated with this great American tradition.
Holiday Toy Store Drive – Nov. 29 – Dec. 23: The Holiday Store gives those who are affected by domestic violence the opportunity to know the joy of giving, even during crisis. Families in shelter, or those who have recently left shelter, are able to select toys and gifts for their loved ones from items that have been donated by the community.
Holiday Adopt-A-Family – Dec. 13 – 15: With your generosity, Hubbard House can fulfill the holiday wishes for up to 40 families. Donors contribute gifts for an entire family. Hubbard House provides a family wish list which details the family member’s needs, wants, and toy requests. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $50-$75 per person in the family.
For more information on all of Hubbard House’s holiday donation opportunities please visit http://hubbardhouse.org/hh/holiday.aspx. If you are interested in being involved in any of Hubbard House’s holiday programs or would like more information please contact April Griffin at (904) 354-0076 ext. 652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the 24-Hour Hubbard House Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.
ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE
Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.