In the holiday rush, please don’t forget #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.

Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

Everyone has something to give. You can give time or expertise, monetary donations large or small, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing. There is no shortage of organizations in need of all types of donations.

Last year, the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County provided direct services to about 1,500 victims of family violence and sexual assault. Individuals fleeing violence, often times, arrive for shelter, literally, with the clothes on their backs. Due to the generosity of our resale shop donors, the center is able to satisfy most of the clothing needs of our clients.

There are some items, however, that we do not have. For this reason, the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County will be holding a “drive” for items needed at our Family Violence Center on Tuesday. Items such as undergarments, pajamas, blankets and toiletries can be dropped off at one of the center’s three resale stores.

Last year, the center provided safe shelter to 160 women and men and 147 child victims of family violence. Nationally, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men 18 years of age or older will become the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

In Texas last year, it was reported by the Department of Public Safety’s Crime in Texas Report that 196,564 incidents of family violence occurred. This number is up 0.9 percent from the previous year. Of the 214,815 victims, 72 percent were female and 28 percent, male. In Galveston County, 2,652 incidents were reported. This number is up from 2,360 the previous year.

All donations to the Resource and Crisis Center stay in our community. Monetary donations can be mailed to RCCGC, P.O. Box 1545, Galveston, Tx. 77553, or given online at www.rccgc.org.

In-kind donations can be dropped off at one the center’s three resale stores or picked up by calling our Galveston store at 409-762-1520.

To volunteer with the center, an application can be obtained on our website, by calling 409-443-0501 or by emailing awilhelm@rccgc.org. All types of giving is needed and very much appreciated.

Kim Dimmett is the prospect and program developer for the Resource Crisis Center of Galveston County.

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