Every year, the DVC hosts an Adopt-a-Family event. Current clients submit wish lists and needs for themselves and their families, and are adopted by members of the communities, local businesses, and families. While every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors, this letter attached to one of the gifts struck a particular nerve with our team.
The holidays can serve as a stark reminder of what has changed over the year. Some are adjusting to a new life without the looming shadow of the abuser, while others are in shelter wondering what will happen next. And Christmas, being the big family holiday of the year for many, can feel extra lonely. The kids don’t know if Santa will find them, or even if they will have much of a Christmas at all.
The letter above addresses all this and more—it serves as a reminder that even at our loneliest, there are people looking to help, even if they are invisible at the moment. For the clients and their families, they need that reminder, and the generosity of our donors showed the support that is around them.