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Gifts of Money, Love and Chocolate Delivered to Mothers in Crisis



Redondo Beach, May 15, 2007 - A five-city effort coordinating individuals, companies and organizations, made Mother’s Day memorable for mothers transitioning from domestic abuse into the mainstream. The Women’s Peace Campaign (WPC) a grassroots, non-profit program, contributed $1000 to Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ (LAFLA) domestic violence legal clinic and distributed over 300 gift bags after raising funds and awareness for three months.

“This Mother’s Day, women who are overlooked, homeless and hiding, felt valued, cared for and not forgotten” said the WPC founder, Dr. Nina Craft.

The WPC collaborated with LAFLA to distribute gift bags to several domestic violence prevention agencies and shelters.

Mary Ochs, Managing Director of the LAFLA Long Beach office, requested that the purple organza bags be stuffed with travel-size toiletries and the purse-sized inspirational mini-guide-book, Think It, Do It!® YOU Have the Power- 52 Life Lessons (penned by the WPC founder at the request of the women in the shelters).

Members of multiple organizations throughout Los Angeles County heard the request and responded with contributions and volunteered to stuff the bags. Toiletries, miscellaneous goodies and chocolates were donated by local retailers.

Volunteers, who stuffed over 300 bags, were treated to a tour, an information session about LAFLA, clients’ stories and networking during a catered lunch hosted by the LAFLA Long Beach Office. Shelter staff were given gift bags, chocolates, toys, and additional goodies to share at their facilities.

Ms. Och’s stated, “This $1000 contribution will make a huge impact in the work we do. We will purchase a digital camera and printer so the physical evidence of violence can be captured immediately and placed in the legal files of the women right away.”

Dr. Craft is optimistic about future support. “By October - domestic violence awareness month - 1000 gift bags will reach LA county women transitioning from domestic abuse into the mainstream.”

About WPC

The Women’s Peace Campaign is a program of the Empowerment Education Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1991 that educates women and teens to empower themselves and their communities. The Women’s Peace Campaign helps women find peace within and share it with others.



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