January Side With Love

Side With Love Collection

In January, FUSIT is collecting donations for the Advocacy Center Comfort in Crisis. Donations will provide meaningful comfort to children, teens, and adults who have experienced abuse.

When someone first reaches out to the Advocacy Center they are often nervous, scared, and unsure of what to expect. Whoever they are, and whether they were abused by a dating partner, family member, friend, or someone they met recently, the trauma of interpersonal abuse likely shattered their sense of safety, self confidence, and trust in other people. They may be unsure if what happened was abuse and want a compassionate, confidential, knowledgeable listener. Advocacy Center staff may be helping them prepare to testify in a trial; move to a new, safe place; ask for an extension for classwork; or join a support group for the first time.

Being able to offer a snack, drink, soft stuffed animal, fidget toy, or coloring activity, can calm their stress and anxiety, making their experience a bit more comfortable. What may seem like a small gesture makes a significant impact and lets them know that they are welcomed and not alone.

Items that are always appreciated in our Child Advocacy Center, offices, and safe shelter, include: Packaged to-go snacks (healthy, shelf stable), hot chocolate (packets), tea (individually wrapped), small juice boxes, small soft stuffed animals, fleece throws (smaller, 50 inches by 36 inches), fidget toys, sticker and activity books, child coloring books (we have adult coloring pages), small notebooks or blank journals. These items will be collected during service each Sunday in January.