5-5 Holiday Drive to benefit the DVCCC
We’re excited to announce that our 3rd Annual holiday drive was a success! With your help, we raised $750 and hundreds of dollars’ worth of supplies for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) These gifts will go far in helping the DVCCC support local victims and their families while they get back on their feet.
The work that the DVCCC does for our community is tremendously important. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the U.S.
The physical and emotional effects of trauma can last a lifetime. Domestic victimization is correlated with higher rates of depression, suicide and chronic illness, and between 21 and 60 percent of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse. For these reasons and more, this tragedy that happens behind closed doors has effects on the entire community.
The DVCCC is doing the essential work of supporting victims of abuse and also proactively runs programs to educate Chester County residents about the symptoms and effects of partner abuse. Their services include a 24-hour emergency hotline, adult counseling, legal services, children’s services, educational programming, housing, and connections to area resources. All of these services are provided for free. In fact, the DVCCC is the only state-recognized agency in Chester County that provides free, comprehensive counseling and legal options to clients. Local victims and their children receive the support and protection they need so that they can heal and become independent.
“The DVCCC is an amazing organization,” says Vital Touch Wellness owner, Jen McLamb. For the last two years, Vital Touch Wellness has been giving chair massages to the staff and volunteers there. Jen was so moved by the work they do that she wanted to do more for the people that they serve. “One thing that especially impresses me about the DVCCC is their dedication to outreach and education,” Jen explains. “Domestic violence and child abuse is something a lot of people don’t want to talk about. But it’s happening much more than we realize, and that’s devastating. The more people learn about this problem, the more that can be done to stop it.” Increasing awareness, Jen says, is another big part of the 5-5 Holiday Drive. “Because another important fact I learned from the DVCCC is that the effects of domestic violence reach far beyond the home. It impacts our schools, businesses and our whole community.”
It’s not too late to help this amazing and essential local organization. See the list below for items the DVCCC needs to run its office and support the survivors. Can also make a direct donation online at www.dvccc.com.
General Wish List for the DVCCC
- New twin sheets, pillows, blankets
- New crib sheets and blankets
- New bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths
- Cleaning supplies
- Dryer sheets
- Laundry detergent (HE preferred)
- Liquid and dishwasher detergent
- Sponges, mops, and brooms
- Single ply toilet paper
- Small clock radios
- Paper towels
- Trash bags (any size up to 33 gal)
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibacterial hand soap
- Personal hygiene products
- Feminine hygiene products
- Ethnic hair care products
- Hair shampoo and conditioner
- Baby wipes
Over the counter medication
Donations must be new and sealed in original packaging (for adults and children)
Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, Immodium, Tums
Copy paper, pens, folders, legal tablets, sticky notes, Staples gift cards
Gift Certificates/Cards in the $10-25 range:
- Grocery, drug, and department stores (e.g., Giant, Target, *Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreens)
- Gas cards (e.g., WaWa)
- Movie theaters (e.g., AMC, Regal)
- Visa/Mastercard/American Express cash gift cards
For more information about the 5-5 Holiday Drive, call our office at 484.341.8411.
For more information about the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, and to contribute to them directly, visit www.dvccc.com.