Christmas is a time of love, family, fun and giving. During the holidays we are busy with all the excitement and often forget that there are people who don’t have any friends, family or will otherwise have less than happy holiday. The list of places you are about to read about help people, and some help animals, all year long. Many time their resources are stretched thin, especially during the holidays and colder months. Your donations could help many enjoy a happy holiday season.
The serenity House: 740 446 6752
The Serenity house doubles as a shelter for homeless women and children and victims of domestic violence. Most of the women who come through the shelter are mothers. Many are, or have been victims of domestic violence or abuse. Many people still don’t know much about abuse. Often, the abuser will limit or cut off a victims resourced. This can include money, friends and even family. If the mother is a victim of abuse, they often come to the shelter with nothing more than important documents like the family’s birth certificates and some clothes. This is because, as I said above, their limited resources and often, they escaped the situation at the only chance available. Even if a victim had a plan in place they may not have the time, or the means to gather other belongings. I must stress that when the victim leaves the abuser, it it by far the most dangerous situation the victim is most likely to experience.
The children suffer so much in these situations. Often they’ve witnessed or experienced the abuse. The impact abuse has on children overall is dramatic. Most likely they’ve experienced trauma. The Serenity house does much to help mothers get their lives back in order. This includes providing the family with clothing donations, personal hygiene products, information on where to receive public assistance if needed, and help in seeking work and housing. Staff at the Serenity house decorate the house and celebrate the holidays. They also get the children in the home a few small gifts and there is a good meal planned . This shelter is run as home-like as possible. The Serenity house is low on funds and is always in need and appreciation of support. Donations are asked in the form of toys, clothing and food. You can call the Serenity house any time, it’s open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Call and see what you can do to help make a child really happy this Christmas.
Gallia County Animal Shelter: 186 Shawnee Lane Gallipolis, Ohio – 740 441 0207
This animal shelter houses dogs only and is a high kill facility. Located in Gallipolis Ohio right off State Route 160, just a few minutes past Holzer Clinic, on Shawnee Lane. There are new signs up to help you find the shelter. The shelter has a friendly warden and assistant dog warden who are nice to talk to and do what they can to assist you. The shelter is always in need of volunteers and donations of blankets, bleach and dry dog food. Recently, they announced a need for foster homes to house a canine while he/she awaits transport to a life saving shelter. The Gallia County Animal Shelter is open Monday through Friday 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturday’s by appointment only.
Woodland Centers: 3086 State Route 106 Gallipolis, Ohio – 740 446 5500
Woodland Centers deals with various mental health issues and has an inpatient wing for clients who are in immediate help or intervention. If you know anyone with serious mental illness then you know how hard it can be on the individual. Often the person is isolated because of either the illness propels them to, or their behavior , caused by the illness drives people away. This facility does a lot to help people who have no where to live, which is often comes along with people suffering from serious mental illness. The staff and doctors there are great and do what they can to meet their clients needs. A little gift to people who don’t have a familiar face to see during the holiday can really mean so much to them. Call the center and see what you can do.
Goodwill: This thrift store offers clothing, furnichure and houshold items at an affordable price to low income people. They also supply donations to individuals and family in emergency situations and to organizations like the Serenity house and people who need nice clothing to go to work or do an interview for work. They also help the poor with education and sometimes employment. When you donate to oranizations like Goodwill and Outreach your donations go full circle.
Goodwill: 596 Silver Bridge Plaza Gallipolis, Ohio – 740 441 0336
Outreach: 275 State Street Gallipolis, Ohio – 740 446 7555