These small items will greatly help women who have been displaced after suffering trauma of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Every day, domestic violence and sexual abuse touch millions of lives. In the United States, women’s shelters provide a safe place for women to escape violence and build a better future. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 women will experience physical abuse during their lifetime, while 1 in 10 will be affected by sexual abuse. Many women desperately need the services provided by women’s shelters— a place to live, counseling, legal guidance and child care— but there may not be enough government funding to maintain sufficient supplies. Donations are often integral to public services, and the simple items we give can greatly contribute to building a better community as a whole. This article lists the 10 types of donations that will improve the lives of women who need a helping hand.
1. Transportation Passes & Bicycles
When you’ve recently been displaced, it can become more difficult to get to work, take your kids to school, make appointments on time and run simple errands. Bus passes, metro cards and bicycles make it possible for these women to continue managing life’s obligations without interruption.
2.Toiletries & Feminine Hygiene Products
Maintaining personal hygiene is crucial for every person in order to avoid feeling depressed or hopeless. Donate basics like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, shampoo, conditioner, hair products (hair dryers, brushes, flat irons), pads and tampons. Laundry detergent is also needed.
3. Diapers + Wipes & School Supplies
Lots of women in shelters are also mothers, and helping them continue to care for their children will majorly reduce stress. Diapers and wipes are expensive and constantly needed. School supplies prepare elementary kids for school and give them something to do in the evening, by coloring or filling out workbooks.
4. Cell Phones & Computers
You may never use your old cell phone or computer again, but it can be extremely important resource for a woman in need. A phone can mean having a callback number for a job interview, or a number for the child’s school to contact a mom.
All women know the little mood boost provided by simple beauty products like mascara, nail polish and face moisturizer. These items can help women retain some semblance of normality.
6. Clothes— Bras, Underwear, Socks, Shoes, Professional Attire
Often, women are forced to leave home with few personal belongings. Donate clean new or gently clothes and shoes, as well as clothes appropriate for work and job interviews.
Give the gift of literature by donating books to shelters. A book can be a huge comfort when you need to get out of your head for a while.
8. Birthday Presents
Many shelters keep track of birthdays and surprise women with presents. Wrap up little gifts like movie tickets, chocolates, and makeup sets.
9. Art Supplies
Having a creative outlet is one of the most important ways to overcome personal trauma, stress, and anxiety. Donate paint sets, colored pencils, adult coloring books, scissors and magazines for collages.
10. Purses, Bags, Suitcases
Every woman needs a reliable, fashionable bag or purse. Additionally, suitcases can help women retrieve their items and move into new homes or living situations.