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Fundraiser guarantees a happy Christmas for kids in domestic violence shelter

(Photo courtesy the Carolina Women’s Club) (Photo courtesy the Carolina Women’s Club)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

What started as a small gesture of kindness among friends, has grown into a tradition that brings a brighter holiday season for women and children living at The Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter.

The Carolina Women’s Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon Wednesday December 7 at Piper Glen Country Club to raise money and collect items that will go into the Safe Alliance Holiday Store. 

This first effort started as a small group of friends having lunch and bringing gifts to donate to Safe Alliance Holiday Store, the effort has grown tremendously. 

The Holiday Store is for clients of Safe Alliance, people who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, homicide of other violent crime.

“The holiday season is upon us which means our holiday store isn’t far behind. At Safe Alliance, we try our best to maintain normalcy in the lives of our clients during such a transitional time so having the support from Carolina’s Women’s Club is imperative to helping us give our clients a true holiday experience. We are grateful for the monetary and toy donations that go such a long way,” says Safe Alliance Chief Advancement Officer Mike Blackwelder. “We are thankful and overwhelmed with joy each year by the support we receive from Carolina’s Women’s Club.”

Last year the luncheon brought in $8,000 in donations and 300 individual gifts, and $1,000 in gift cards. These donations make it possible for Safe Alliance clients to shop for holiday presents. The moms shop for the kids and the kids get a chance to buy something for their mothers.

Mary Gregory is President of the Carolina Women’s Club, “Our Annual Holiday Luncheon benefiting Safe Alliance is my favorite event of the year!  It’s a fabulous holiday celebration with a purpose.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than giving back?” she said.

The CWC’s commitment to Safe Alliance is year-round. The offer both financial assistance and volunteers to the organization. 

Safe Alliance serves over 12,000 people a year in Mecklenburg county through shelter, counseling, legal and advocacy services.

I’m honored to be this year’s guest speaker. I am a huge supporter of the work Safe Alliance does to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I look forward to sharing what has been a 30 plus year journey to healing from sexual assault. I hope to offer some words of inspiration and encouragement to the group. More importantly, I hope we raise lots of money so women and children served by Safe Alliance will have a beautiful Christmas this year.

My friends at Safe Alliance have a specific wish list for the Safe Alliance Holiday Store. For the list, click here.

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