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December 13, 2011 > A more peaceful option to the malls

A more peaceful option to the malls

Submitted By Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments

Have the reports of craziness at the malls tempted you to forego holiday shopping this year? Are you looking for ways to make the season of giving more meaningful and focused on the "giving" part?

Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) invites you to be a SAVE Holiday Helper and make your holiday shopping easier and more peaceful, while bringing peace to the families at SAVE. We have options to donate gift cards, everyday necessities, household items, and more to make the holidays - and every day - more special for our families.

A Meal Helper can donate gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Food Maxx Safeway, Lucky's Raley's or Smart & Final to allow our families to purchase the food they need to make their own special meals - for the holidays and every day.

Fun Time Helpers can donate "fun" gift cards such as passes to movies or bowling (Tri-City area), and gift cards to family restaurants. Also consider gift cards for haircuts at a chain salon with many locations.

With over 200 residents coming through our shelter every year, household items get a lot of wear and tear and need to be replaced. Our clients who live in their own homes will also appreciate new items to freshen up their homes. Be a Home Helper and donate new twin and full sized sheets, pillows, bath towels, washcloths, kitchen utensils, cookware, toasters, rice cookers, blenders, and vacuum cleaners.

Be an everyday Helper and donate new pajamas, socks, underwear, "hoodies," and sweatpants in various sizes for kids and adults, as well as Payless Shoe Source gift cards, and diapers in all sizes. Other important everyday items are gas cards, AC Transit monthly and individual ride passes (Clipper cards), and BART tickets ($5, $10, $20) to help our clients get to work and important appointments.

Or, make a donation to SAVE in honor of your family member or friend. They will be touched by your thoughtfulness, you can avoid the crowded mall, and you will be helping a woman like Rose break the cycle of violence.

Rose's marriage wasn't "perfect" but she never would have called it abusive. But it was. Financial abuse. Constant put downs. Physical abuse with promises that it would never happen again. But it did. Again and again. Finally Rose called SAVE's hotline. Was she in immediate danger? What did she want to do? Rose signed up for individual counseling sessions. After many months of therapy, Rose was ready to leave Tim. She was so scared as she packed her belongings and came to SAVE's shelter. As soon as she walked through the doors, she felt safe. No one would hurt her here. She had a comfortable bed to sleep in, she could prepare her favorite foods (with no complaints from Tim!), and she was setting goals for a new life. Ten years of abuse don't disappear overnight, but Rose is smiling again and ready to move forward.

Your investment in SAVE will make a difference: $50 can buy food for a family, $100 can provide shelter (and safety!) for one night, $200 can help an abused woman receive our services, $500 can fund one day of our 24-hour crisis hotline, and $1,000 can educate 375 teens about teen dating violence prevention. Please let us know if you would like SAVE to send a card to your honoree acknowledging your holiday gift to SAVE.

Donations can be delivered to our community office at 1900 Mowry Ave., Suite 204, Fremont during office hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information call (510) 574-2266 or e-mail Thank you for your contributions to SAVE that allow us to bring peace and safety to the families affected by domestic violence.

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