Christmas came early this year for victims of domestic violence in Stone County and other Southwest Missouri communities. On December 19, residents of Harbor House Domestic Violence Center received an outpouring of love and offerings from the New Testament Christian Church of Kimberling City.
Church members who meet for weekly services at the Stumpff Chapel near State Highway 13 and Joe Bald Road in Kimberling City gathered hundreds of useful items for the women and children of Harbor House in hopes of brightening their Christmas. Gifts included books, journals, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets, pillows, throws, and $50 in cash.
“The holidays can be a very difficult time for families who have experienced domestic violence,” says Vicki Trump, Harbor House Executive Director. “The Church’s generosity has helped put some joy back in their lives.” Members of New Testament Christian Church added an extra sparkle to Christmas with laundry products, cleaning supplies, toiletries, towels, washcloths, beauty products, nail polish, and much more.
Harbor House is Stone County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence. Last year alone, the Center provided refuge for nearly 200 women and children from across the country. “We are a safe haven for victims of domestic violence, regardless of where they call home,” says Trump.
For more information on Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, call the Hotline at 1.877.507.7233 or visit the Center online at harborhousecenter.org.