[College Hill Topeka] Fwd: YWCA Hope for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Empowerment This Holiday Season

Katrina Shaw katkake1 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 21 08:34:06 CST 2020

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From: Rachelle Vega-Retana <rvretana at topeka.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 6:08 PM
Subject: YWCA Hope for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Empowerment This
Holiday Season

TOPEKA, KS – The holiday season is upon us. This year in lieu of the annual
Holiday Store, YWCA Northeast Kansas is asking the community to consider
giving the gift of empowerment by donating gift cards to support survivors
and their families this holiday season.

Suggested gift cards in amounts of $25, $50, $75 and $100 to general retail
stores (e.g., Wal-Mart, Target, Big Lots, Sam’s Club, Bed Bath and Beyond,
etc.) or VISA cards preferred; however, any amount will be greatly
appreciated. Gift cards can be mailed to the YWCA Northeast Kansas at 225
SW 12 <https://www.google.com/maps/search/225+SW+12?entry=gmail&source=g>th
Topeka, KS 66612 or dropped off between the hours of 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Monday through Friday. To allow clients time to shop for their families, a
deadline for donations is set for Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 5:30 PM;
however, gift cards for “Hope for the Holidays” will be accepted until
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 at 5:30 PM.

Last year, the YWCA was able to serve 342 individuals (144 adults and 198
children) through the generosity of the Holiday Store. In the words of a
survivor, “I had to leave everything behind (clothing, toys, mementos) to
flee an unsafe situation. [The Holiday Store] allows for me to provide my
kids with a happy holiday, even though things are uncertain right now.”
While the current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the service delivery of
the YWCA annual holiday giving, the YWCA is still on a mission to make this
season a little brighter for those who are impacted by domestic violence,
sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.

For more information, contact:

Emily Steimel


*emilys at ywcaneks.org <emilys at ywcaneks.org>*

The *YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment
<https://www.ywcaneks.org/what-we-do/cse/>*, formerly the Battered Women
Task Force, has provided vitally important services to victim-survivors of
sexual and domestic violence for over 40 years. Services include a 24-hour
crisis hotline, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, court
advocacy, public education, and case management. The organization provides
services to thousands of survivors each year, providing direct services to
over 3,000 survivors, taking over 2,500 hotline calls and sheltering over
300 women, men and children annually. Find out more about how to get
involved in our mission here: *www.ywcaneks.org <http://www.ywcaneks.org/>*

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the 24-hour crisis line:

Rachelle Vega-Retana, Grants Administrator

City of Topeka, Dept. of Planning & Development

Division of Housing Services

620 SE Madison St
1st Floor – Unit 8

Topeka, Ks. 66607

Phone: (785) 368-4490

Fax:      (785) 368-2546

Email:    rvretana at topeka.org

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