Group delivers much-needed holiday cheer to domestic violence survivors
SAN ANTONIO – As the Battered Women & Children’s Shelter wraps up yet another record year, some much-needed holiday cheer arrived Thursday.
There were bags full of gifts - to protect their privacy, we can’t show you who they’re for - but look at the toys and the size of the clothes, and you understand they’re for kids.
"This is really my favorite day of the entire year. I always get so emotional,” Christy Prescott says while fighting back tears.
You also understand why it’s hard for her to find the words for how eye-opening it is to visit the shelter.
"You know, all of these women and kids come here with just the clothes on their back,” Prescott says.
Her group, Christy’s Hope, collected the presents as well as a big donation.
"We are presenting you a check for $330,000,” Prescott announces to a crowd of shelter residents.
The money will go toward supporting survivors who are coming to the shelter in unprecedented numbers.
"It is very unfortunate but I know that the numbers are going to be higher yet than last year, and last year was a record from the year before,” shelter leader Marta Pelaez says.
She’s bracing for a busy week: domestic violence tends to rise during the stress of the holidays.
"That is why a day like this that will bring smiles to the faces of the children is so meaningful,” Pelaez says.
And for any family suffering in silence, Prescott wants them to hear her message.
"There is life without violence,” she says. “And there is a place for them to go take care of their children."
If you or someone you know needs help, call the local domestic violence hotline at (210) 733-8810.
By EMILY BAUCUM