Unlikely ‘Ambassadors’ of Charitable Giving Spreading Christmas Cheer Worldwide


 Abuse Prevention Council’s Sheltered Clients Participate in Operation Christmas Child

Women and children sheltered by the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council (APC) are committing themselves to helping hurting children worldwide by packing gift-filled shoe boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a kids-helping-kids project of Samaritan’s Purse® that uses simple gift-filled shoes boxes to let hurting children know that they are loved and not forgotten. 

“The women and children we serve are recepients of Cleveland County’s generosity and goodwill throughout the year,” said Donna Sellers, APC Operations Manager. “Participating in Operation Christmas Child gives our clients an opportunity to respond to others in crisis in a very powerful way—giving children the experience of Christmas.”

This represents the first year APC’s sheltered clients have participated in Operation Christmas Child. With financial sponsorship from APC staff, clients packed and giftwrapped nearly a dozen shoe boxes with small toys, school supplies, hygeine items, and candy. Clients also included handwritten letters and artwork in each of the boxes. APC staff will help clients track the boxes they packed as they’re distributed around the world.

“The pain many of our clients experience as survivors of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assualt, is real and life-shattering,” Sellers said. “Filling a shoebox doesn’t restore what they’ve lost, but it gives them an opportunity to give others something they themselves are longing for—a sense of normalcy, of hope.”

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.

For more information, contact Cathy Robertson, Executive Director, at 704-487-9325.

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