Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bikes for Tikes

“The Shelter for Abused Women and Children,” in Naples, Florida is a wonderful safe haven. It’s mainly supported by fundraising events AND their, “Options Thrift Shoppe.”

I always think of those who are able to summon the raw courage needed to leave an unsafe home. One of the most dangerous times for a person in an abusive relationship is when they try to leave it. I admire those who do get out because through CASA, I have seen the aftermath of abuse on children. I’ve also been touched by the stories of survival from some of our Mrs. International classmates. To be a person in that situation can only be horrifying and unpredictable. Suddenly, they are in a strange place and they have few, if any of their belongings as many people have to quickly escape.

Ready to roll.

Ali felt it was very important we include some toys and crafts in the baskets.

So my family and I brought a couple of bikes for children at their undisclosed shelter. Most “safe havens,” are able to provide necessities, but other “normal,” items are harder to come by so we also organized baskets of items we thought they could use. Consider donating hair dryers, curling irons, full size hair care products, paper products, feminine hygiene supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste. New linens, towels and cleaning products are other must have items. And many children flee their home without needed school supplies. But do call ahead as specific wish lists can vary depending on space.

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio
Your Mrs. International

Their website is extremely well organized and a wealth of information. They even offer an emergency “Exit,” for those who may need life-saving information without being caught.

www.NaplesShelter.org

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