Christmas and the holiday season of 2017 has been…well, interesting. That’s all I’ll say about it, but you may read more of it in the eventual publication of An American in England. Maybe. 😀
In the meantime, however, I’ve realized that this year’s Giving Tuesday (and the entire Ana’s Advent Calendar) went by without notice.
It’s been a huge part of my life and your lives as well, so it’s something I’d like to rectify.
I put out a call on Facebook two days ago (that’s the easiest place to find me these days), and I asked for help. Last year, we helped children in an ultra-poor elementary school by giving their teacher over $1000 in books and classroom/school supplies. In the past, we’ve donated literally thousands of dollars’ worth of books and Kindles to LGBT homeless shelters.
This time, I wanted to help adults. Specifically, women.
More specifically, women who haven’t had fair shake in life.
Within a day, all of you wonderful people had pledged $392.
Three hundred ninety-two dollars!
I’ve tentatively teamed up with a domestic violence shelter for women (specific details are being kept private for now as safety is a huge issue).
Once I get a more firm idea of the amount we can give, I’ll contact the shelter and ask what their needs are.
Current suggestions include:
–Tumble dryer (make it easier to dry clothes and save space in small accommodations)
–Dishwasher (save on labor for busy, stressed women who may be pregnant and/or juggling kids)
–Amusements for the children (to help poor stressed moms whose kids may throw fits at being in an unfamiliar environment)
–Various necessities, such as tampons/pads, cleaning supplies, food, and other basics
One great idea, though, is a Valentine’s Day party/gift bag set!
After all, women enter these shelters because their relationships have gone bad. It can’t be easy to go through a holiday dedicated to relationships in that case.
If you’d like to join the VDay effort, here are a few ways how:
Head over to my Patreon site (www.patreon.com/anastasiavitsky) and sign up. ALL Patreon funds for this month will go to the shelter. (You can stop your subscription right away so it only takes one payment)
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Women’s Shelter Fundraiser for your subject line.
Contact me through Facebook (or comment below) if you’d like to join in. I’m afraid Twitter is a bit wonky at the moment. If you can’t contact me on Facebook but still want to contribute, please comment below. I’ll work something out with you.
I’ve been away from WordPress for so long that I see it now has a donate button. I don’t know a ton about it yet, but I’ll look into it. Let me know if that’s something you’d like.
Please help us make Valentine’s Day a day of victory for this domestic violence shelter! Let’s usher in 2018 by making the world a better place. Let’s believe in the good of people and make good things happen.
I need that faith, and maybe you do as well.
Much love from Ana
P.S. Watch this space for special exclusive offers for those who participate!