WEST CHESTER, PA (December 21, 2018) – Local supporters of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. have once again come together in a big way to make the holidays brighter for local victims of crime and violence here in Chester County.
The Friars’ Society and the Abbe Society at West Chester University worked with agency advocates to coordinate a sizable stack of gifts for two specific families in need this holiday season. The Friars have a commitment to not only serve the University, but also surrounding community, which includes CVC at only half-a-mile away
Additional support came from CVC’s Annual Mrs. Claus Fund, which was started years ago as a collaborative effort between CVC and Detective Dave Maurer of the West Goshen Police Department. The idea originally stemmed from a client need for essential winter clothing, which then snowballed into raising the funds necessary and then some.
Each year the Mrs. Claus Fund raises money and secures gift cards for clients who need a little extra help, especially around the holidays. Whether it is for essentials like filling up the car with gas, buying snow boots and coats, or making sure kids have a gift to open on Christmas morning – the Mrs. Claus Fund works to close those gaps.
Maurer, a longtime supporter of CVC, spearheads the Mrs. Claus effort each year and has recently joined the agency’s Board of Directors in November.
The largest donations of gift cards and cash came in through coordinated efforts from the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court (coordinated by Samantha Cole, Esquire); Automated Financial Services, Inc. (coordinated by Erica Bruckus); Christ Community Church; West Goshen Police Department; and Kimberly Metcalf.
“We are so grateful to these organizations and Detective Dave Maurer; their support allows us to provide help to our clients in need over the holidays. Because of their generosity, we even have enough funds to provide assistance to clients in unique situations year round,” explained Christine Zaccarelli, Esquire, CEO of CVC.
Those interested in contributing to the agency’s year-round efforts can do so through a donation. The agency is currently in the midst of its “Annual Giving Campaign: Help Give Victims Hope,” in which the agency is celebrating its 45th anniversary. You can learn more about the campaign and what your donation means at https://www.cvcofcc.org/donate.
CVC Advocate works with the Friars’ Society and the Abbe Society at West Chester University to coordinate gifts for two specific families in need this holiday season.
The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC) is a nonprofit agency providing free,
immediate, and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults
impacted by crime and violence. We provide assistance through counseling, advocacy, resources,
and education. The Center fosters community awareness and understanding through its comprehensive outreach and prevention programs. To learn more, visit www.cvcofcc.org