FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHELBY, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2010) — CALLING ALL HALO-LESS ANGELS
Abuse Prevention Council Kicks Off Annual Christmas Angels Program
The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council (APC) is asking Cleveland County residents to add one more person to their holiday shopping list this year. APC kicks off its annual Christmas Angels Program today, which matches community donors with gift requests from APC clients and their children.
In 2010, more than 100 Christmas wishes – most valued under $15 – will need adopting. Toys, books, winter clothing, and hygeine items are among this year’s most requested gifts. Donors will receive a Christmas Angels tag detailing the gift recipient’s age, gender, and Christmas wish.
“We never fail to be impressed by the generosity of Cleveland County individuals, businesses, churches, and community organizations during the holiday season,” said Jenny Reed, Volunteer Program Coordinator, who organizes the Christmas Angels Program. “We frequently hear from clients that the compassionate spirit of strangers gives them hope for stability and a new beginning.”
All gifts donated to the Christmas Angels Program should be new and undamaged. Gifts should be delivered – unwrapped – to APC’s administrative office by Dec. 16. “By leaving gifts unwrapped, it enables our clients to experience the excitement of wrapping gifts for their children and envisioning their surprise when they open them Christmas morning,” Reed said. Donations of giftwrapping supplies are also welcomed.
In addition to the Christmas Angels Program, APC welcomes community groups to contact the agency with ideas for livening sheltered clients’ holiday experience, including service projects, meal donations, and special events. To donate to APC’s Christmas Angels Program, contact Jenny Reed at 704-487-9325.
APC is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, homelessness, and homemaker displacement, through safe shelter, advocacy, support services, and preventive education. APC also operates a 24-hour crisis line dedicated to responding to survivors of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. Individuals in crisis are encouraged to call 704-481-0043 for immediate assistance.
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