Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Local Level: Comforts of Home

I'm a strong believer in small comforts. The little things that we hardly notice and almost always take for granted...comforts of home. This holiday season, there are many of us who are far from those comforts. In particular, there are many individuals and families who will spend the holidays in domestic abuse shelters. Donating a few small comforts might not seem like a lot in the face of such violence and fear, but they really can make a difference in making someone feel not quite so far from home. Here is a list of some things you could donate. (Be sure to call your local shelter to see if there are things that they need in particular.)

  • Slippers
  • Face soap
  • Tissues (the soft kind)
  • Lotions
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Perfume
  • Shaving cream (men's and women's)
  • Toothpaste
  • Cozy blankets or pillows


If you are the friend or family member of someone in an abusive relationship, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website for advice on how you can help.

You can take this idea and implement it in a lot of other places: nursing homes, homeless shelters, soldiers abroad. If you think of any other places to spread the comforts of home, please leave a comment on this page and share it with the rest of us.

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