Having been to a shelter, I can say it was a fight for food sometimes. Picture 20 or so women each with multiple kids all living in the same building. And sharing one kitchen. And sharing a few bathrooms. There was nothing private about it. I didn’t leave my home with any groceries. I didn’t even think of eating. I just wanted to get out of there in one piece and protect my children. I was tired of the abuse and the cycle.
So the kids and I went to the domestic violence shelter for 30 days. Imagine when I found myself in a building with one kitchen, a few bathrooms, and a houseful of women and children. The women would fight over freezer space, and shelf space in the kitchen. It was a fight for privacy in the bathroom. When I did buy a few things at the grocery store, I had to write my name on them in black magic marker and put them in the community kitchen. Sometimes, they would just disappear. I know it was hard for all of us. Yet this was the last thing I wanted to have to go through after leaving my home.
That’s why Prayers and Promises is donating Gift Cards to those affected by domestic violence at causes.com To let a mom go out to dinner with her kids and help her remember that she will make it. To provide a small token of hope – that things will change for the better. Let’s put our Prayers and Promises to work and be a blessing to those in need.
Sign the pledge – buy a card – feed a mom and her kids today!
Here is the link to the Pledge: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/72192-provide-food-and-gas-gift-cards-to-domestic-violence-victims
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:37-38
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