Each February, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable collects items for Valentine’s Day and fills gift bags for women, men and children temporarily living in local domestic violence shelters and transitional housing programs: REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence. The Valentine Bags are decorated by the children from Sudbury Extended Day.
Members of our local communities are cordially invited to participate in this collection again this year. We welcome your donations, but due to Covid 19 restrictions and social distancing, we will not be inviting donors to join us this year in assembling the gift bags. However, this is a great opportunity for civic organizations, workplaces, families, friends, and neighbors to contribute to the Roundtable collection, and help us make lives brighter for families affected by domestic violence. Small gestures like the gift bags let families know they are supported in their decision to leave an abusive situation and brighten their day. These kinds of gestures are especially appreciated during the pandemic.
Some examples of needed items are gift cards for CVS, Target, grocery stores etc. For mothers in the shelters some items would include full size bath products, socks, cosmetics, nail polish, hair products, phone cards, journals, postage stamps etc. Items for teens and children should be age appropriate from crayons, coloring books, small stuffed animals, matchbox cars, stickers, socks, and non-violent toys, to bath and hair products, books, diaries, movie passes, ITunes cards, and candy.
In past years the Roundtable has provided as many as 125 bags for families in shelter and transitional housing.
If you are interested in contributing to the Valentine’s Day collection, please contact the Roundtable at firstname.lastname@example.org . Donations may be left in the collection basket provided at Sudbury Wine and Spirits in the Rugged Bear Plaza Road, 410 Boston Post Road, Sudbury from January 14-February 10, 2021