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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- The Center for Women and Families is making a last minute push to make it a Merry Christmas for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
The organization says it is $7,000 short on gift cards. The Gift Card Drive was supposed to end on Saturday, but now the organization has extended the program through Christmas Eve.
It still needs 280 $25 gift cards. Nearly 1000 local adults and children who have survived partner abuse and sexual violence rely on the gift cards as a safe way to shop for their loved ones, since many cannot leave the Center, as they fear for their safety. So far, the Center has received $18,000 worth of gift cards, but needs $25,000 dollars worth total.
Marta Miranda, the CEO and President of the Center for Women and Families, says if the organization doesn't reach its goal, then some children may have to share gift cards. She says, "We have a client in the shelter who has eight kids, so she may just get four cards as opposed to eight cards. Everybody will get something."
The Center would like $25 gift cards from places like K-Mart, Target, and Wal-Mart, along with Visa and MasterCard debit cards. The big box stores are easily accessible by bus for families that can leave the center. The others will use the cards to shop online.
You can drop off gift cards 24 hours a day at its South 2nd Street location through Christmas Eve.