Kiwanis helping Abused Women, Children Shelter

Roger LaLonde Staff
Marco Kiwanians Gina Sisbarro and Helen Odonaghy read the names off cards on the tree at O'Donahue's telling requests that moms and children have made for Christmas. The gift recipients are part of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children program. The Kiwanis Club put 64 request cards on the tree, with about 15 left.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Marco Kiwanians Gina Sisbarro and Helen Odonaghy read the names off cards on the tree at O'Donahue's telling requests that moms and children have made for Christmas. The gift recipients are part of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children program. The Kiwanis Club put 64 request cards on the tree, with about 15 left.

The Shelter for Abused Women and Children’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that every home is a safe haven for the family it shelters.

The Shelter’s mission is to lead the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.

Gina Sisbarro, of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, believes in the Shelter’s program.

She came up with the idea for an Angel Tree of Hope to benefit the Shelter as a Kiwanis community service project.

The tree, with Christmas-shaped cards with names of those in need, is on display at O’Donahue’s Bar & Grill at 969 N. Collier Blvd. in the Royal Palm Mall. The tree began with 60 cards and has about 15 left. On most are moms’ and children’s names.

“On the cards people will find that the need is for more than presents,” Sisbarro said. “They want PJs, socks, food and gas cards. Besides those items we are suggesting non-violent presents, no violent videos. More like board games and dolls.”

Those taking cards are to bring the unwrapped gifts back by Dec. 17. Info: (239) 389-0332.

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