Sunday, October 12, 2008

Charity Auction for Domestic and Sexual Violence

Last year when I won the charity raffle hosted by Elliebelly for 8oz. of organic merino wool, I knew I wanted to create something to continue to raise money for charity. Two issues that are very close to my heart are domestic and sexual violence. Having volunteered and worked for a rape crisis center in the past, I've worked first hand with survivors of sexual violence and know how important these agencies are.

I've knit these medium longies and am selling them by auction to raise money for 2 non-profit agencies. The auction begins on Tuesday, October 14th and runs for 1 week. I will split the sale price between the two agencies and donate 100% of the sale price between the two. You can find the auction here: http://hyenacart.com/pumpkinpiebaby/index.php?c=9&p=17482

"castle of llyr" medium longies 2

The two non-profit agencies I've chosen--the Women's Rape Crisis Center and Caring Unlimited--offer much needed crisis intervention as well as longer term support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. You can visit their websites to learn more about their specific programs. They are both registered 501(c)(3) non profits who serve their communities and are often the only place survivors have to turn for assistance.

From personal experience, I know how important these centers can be to people who are reaching out for help. They may be just looking for a listening and sympathetic ear, finally talking about the abuse they've experienced, or they may be looking for someone to accompany them to the hospital to seek medical care. They may be seeking help with safety planning and finding a safe place to live, or they may be seeking longer term support through support groups and counseling. No matter what the reason, these agencies assist survivors in meeting their needs and beginning the healing process.

Thank you for helping me to raise money for these two important agencies!

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