So my idea is something along the lines of acquiring things for, and making, Christmas "care packages" for the women at my women's shelter here in Southern Illinois. I wanted it to be more personal and... Christmas-ey? than regular drives or donations; make them feel like actual presents rather than boxes of Irish Spring and cases of Ramen Noodles. (Not bashing any form of donation in the least! Only saying I'm aiming for more of a "this is a gift from me to you for Christmas" feel, ya know?) I figured I could do things every woman would enjoy like nice bath products, candles, coffee mugs, etc, until I find a way to personalize them just a bit. Maybe a book or a movie or accessories (potentially even handmade little things) or something like that? Little things that feel more like a gift your family would give you or something. But I think I'm going to wait to do those things until close to Christmas, seeing as different women come and go of the shelter every few weeks. ALSO possibly a toy drive for the children that live there, but the staff at the WC told me they usually get enough toys for all the kids but the women don't usually get things other than basic donations, so that's a 2nd priority.
Basically, I want these women to feel cared for and thought about during this holiday season, and gift packages are my best way of going about it. As victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, they're going through tremendous stress, and cute gifts and little presents wrapped in bows can always make a person feel a little lighter, if only for a day. I would love the opportunity to help make their holiday season a little brighter, but as a 19 year old college student, I need funding. Any sort of donation is extremely appreciated! Thank you