As we enter into a season of gratitude after what has been a particularly difficult 8 months, we know that many of you are exhausted. Among politics, the pandemic, and protests, it can be hard to escape the ever-present anxiety of 2020.
There are lots of ways that you can engage in self care this month: taking long walks, reading a book, or eating food that comforts you. We would like to add another one to the list: helping others.
Research shows that when we do something for others, it actually helps us. When you give back, it can lower levels of depression, increase happiness, and even boost your ability to regulate your emotions.
At Blackburn Center, we have continued to provide services to victims and survivors of gender-based violence throughout the pandemic. The number of people seeking our services has not decreased during this time, but it has become more challenging to provide help in a way that keeps everyone safe.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we ask you to consider helping us and our community. You can give back in one of two ways: financial support, or donations of items for our emergency shelter. While we cannot accept donations in person at this time, you can shop our Amazon wish list and have your donations sent directly to our office.
You can view our entire shelter wish list here. Right now, our most needed items include:
Pots & Pans
If you want to donate to support our work, you can make a one-time or recurring monthly donation here.
We thank you for your assistance during this difficult time, and hope that both you and your loved ones are safe. As always, if you need us, we are here for you. Our hotline is open 24/7, and is always free of charge and confidential: 1-888-832-2272.