The Caring Place Christmas list

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A column by Delena Trent, executive director of The Caring Place

Last year, one of our staff members at The Caring Place asked a 7-year-old boy what he wanted for Christmas. He said, “I already have it. A safe place to stay.”

A young mother wondered if she had done the right thing in leaving her abuser so close to the holidays. When asked why she said she didn’t know how she was going to buy her two children what was on their Christmas list for Santa.

A 5-year-old girl was crying in a corner worried that Santa wouldn’t know where to leave her “Hello Kitty” backpack since she wasn’t living at home.

Christmas is almost here. We are all facing the crunch this year. Residents at the shelter are not only uprooted from their homes, families, jobs, and school, but many of the mothers are faced with the dilemma of trying to purchase holiday gifts for their loved ones.

In the past year alone, 411 women and 638 children from Marion, Nelson, Washington and Taylor counties had to flee from abusive situations to start new lives. Today, we have seven mothers with nine children living at The Caring Place beginning to question where they will be for the holidays and if they can afford it. This is the reason I am writing you.

Every year, The Caring Place works toward making Christmas day special for every victim of domestic violence who lives in our shelter. The fight is made possible by the generous support of concerned citizens like you.

During the Christmas season as we recall, Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem, we are reminded of the plight of many homeless people in our community. Christmas for the residents at The Caring Place is a very important time for them. We have the responsibility to help others who are less fortunate, especially at this time of year. Please help us make the wishes come true for our precious children!

Our staff has compiled a wish list for the shelter as well as for the clients who live here and we are asking that you come together as a community to make this Christmas a memorable one for a needy family. If you would like to “adopt” a family in the shelter please contact us and we will give you their personal wish list.

Editor’s note: The Caring Place is a center for abused women and children. You can reach the shelter by calling (270) 692-9300 or 1-800-692-9394. You can also email The Caring Place at caringplace@windstream.net. You can also mail donations to P.O. Box 945, Lebanon, KY, 40033.

• Delena Trent is executive director of The Caring Place in Lebanon.