Non-profit helps domestic violence survivors through gift card drive

Updated: Dec. 5, 2016 at 4:22 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A special gift card drive hopes to help adults and children surviving partner abuse and sexual violence have a brighter holiday season.

The Center for Women and Families has partnered with Republic Bank to sponsor the 2016 Holiday Gift card Drive.

The Center asked the community to deliver gift cards in increments of $25 instead of bringing gifts to the shelter. They said the gift cards will allow parents to buy what their children need and want the most.

The Center said giving choices and control back to a domestic or sexual assault survivor gives them empowerment. They said gift cards also allow those living in an emergency shelter to safely shop online for holiday gifts and nonresidential support groups to shop together on designated shopping days.

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"Shopping online just makes so much sense for our clients who cannot safely leave our shelter to shop because of threats to their lives and the lives of their children," said Marta Miranda, President/CEO at The Center for Women and Families. "Giving survivors the power that comes along with making decisions about which gifts will bring the most joy to their family is what The Center's mission is all about."

The drive ends December 20th.

Gift cards can be dropped off at Republic Bank and Center for Women and Families locations listed below.

Louisville Drop-off locations:

Republic Bank

Baptist Health 3950 Kresge Way Ste 108, Louisville, KY
Bardstown Road 2801 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY
Blankenbaker 11330 Main St, Louisville, KY
Broadway 2028 W. Broadway Ste 105, Louisville, KY
Brownsboro Road 4921 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY
Corporate Center 601 W Market St, Louisville, KY
Crestwood 6401 Claymont Crossing Ste 1, Crestwood, KY
Dixie Highway 5250 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY
Elizabethtown 1690  Ring Rd, E-Town, KY
Fern Creek 10100 Brookridge Village Blvd, Louisville, KY
Hikes Point 3902 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY
Hurstbourne 661 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY
Jeffersontown 3811 Ruckreigel Parkway, Louisville, KY
New Cut 5125 New Cut Road, Louisville, KY
Outer Loop 4808 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY
Poplar Level 1420 Poplar Level Rd, Louisville, KY
Prospect 9101 US Highway 42, Prospect, KY
Shelbyville 1614 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, KY
Shepherdsville 438 Highway 44 East, Shepherdsville KY
Springhurst 9600 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY
St. Matthews 3726 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY

The Center for Women and Families  927 S. Second Street, Louisville KY

Southern Indiana Drop-off Locations:

Republic Bank
4751 Duffy Rd, Floyds Knobs, IN
3141 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN
3001 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN

The Center for Women and Families – 4919 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana

Or, mail to:
The Center for Women and Families
ATTN: Development Office
PO Box 2048
Louisville, KY 40201-2048
(Please include your name and mailing address with the cards.)

The Center said gift cards from department stores and retailers such as Kohl's, Meijer, Target and Wal-Mart are preferred. The Center also welcomes Visa/MasterCard gift cards. For more information, visit, contact 502-581-7209, or contact Jane White at jane.white@cwfempower.

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