Local business starts drive to help children impacted by domestic violence
Presenting gift-wrapped teddy bears and other stuffed animals to loved ones is as common a staple of the holiday season as eggnog and ornaments.
But those who might need them most, children whose lives have been uprooted by domestic violence, don't always receive such comforting gifts. Through a local drive, locals can provide them that satisfaction.
Flawless Aesthetics, located on Parkway Avenue in Wilsonville, is collaborating with Clackamas Women's Services to host the Cuddles for Christmas Teddy Bear Drive until Dec. 13. Through the initiative, they are collecting teddy bears and other stuffed animals that will be donated to the children of victims of domestic violence.
Trish Waters, the owner of Flawless Aesthetics, said they only accept new stuffed animals and that those who donate will receive 10% off at the business, which provides facial services, until Jan. 31.
"It (a teddy bear) brings joy and helps them brighten their day through a transitional time that can be very scary," Waters said. "If they're removed quickly (from their home) without having any of their personal belongings with them, this is a small gesture that can make an impact on these kids' lives."
Clackamas Women's Services is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault such as helping them receive food, shelter and clothing. Waters said the collaboration was forged through a mutual friend.
"Any way we can reach out and help the community where there is a need … especially through the holiday season, there's help going in a lot of ways and this is one that we really wanted to shed some light on and make sure these children are being cared for properly."
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