The web-based gift company “Celebrating Home” is helping Blue Ridge H.O.P.E. as it seeks to build a new domestic violence shelter.
Celebrating Home is a company that works through local distributors to market high-quality bakery-style goods, candles, and other home decorating products. Kimberly Jenkins is the Celebrating Home partner helping Blue Ridge H.O.P.E.
“We are so thankful to Kimberly and Celebrating Home for this unique opportunity,” the Rev. Phil Goble Jr., director of the Greater Mount Airy Ministry of Hospitality (GMAMH), said. Blue Ridge H.O.P.E. is a division of the GMAMH. “This fundraiser will give people who are going to be buying gifts this holiday season a way to help make somebody’s day and provide assistance to the new shelter. It is a double blessing.”
To get involved, interested people can log onto the fundraising website at http://www.celebratinghome.com/fundraiser/KeepHOPEAlive/OnlineFundraiserHome.aspx. From there, customers can browse six pages of items for sale. For each item purchased, the shelter will receive 50 percent of the proceeds.
“We are excited to be helping such a worthy cause,” Jenkins said. “When we found out there was need for a new shelter, we wanted to do something to help. Through this program, which will last into next year, we pray we can help Blue Ridge H.O.P.E. get a significant start to building the new shelter.”
The need for the new shelter is great. In 2010, Surry County law enforcement agencies responded to nearly 1,300 domestic violence calls. On Oct. 13, Sheriff Graham Atkinson spoke at the annual domestic violence candlelight vigil and noted that, this year alone, the sheriff’s department has already responded to 938 domestic violence calls on its own. Last year, the sheriff’s department responded to just 578 domestic violence calls.
“What is really shocking is that Sheriff Atkinson’s numbers are just his department,” Goble said. “And, we are not at the end of the year yet. We need to get that new shelter built, get the word out more that we have a safe place for victims to escape, and that there is help.”
The Celebrating Home fundraiser will be open through March of 2012.
For more information on the GMAMH or Blue Ridge H.O.P.E., please call Goble at 710-2530. To reach the Domestic Violence Shelter’s hotline, call 786-7766. To follow the organization on Twitter, select gmamhdirector on your Twitter account.