NORTH Kent Women’s Aid (NKWA) is appealing to local residents to support children affected by domestic violence by donating new and unwrapped toys and books this Christmas.
The Christmas Toy Appeal will be officially launched November 17 and run for a month, with drop-off points at the Stephen Oliver Studio and Gallery, Orchards Shopping Centre; St Edmunds Living Well, Temple Hill; Darling Buds of Kent florist, Chastilian Road; and Stone Parish Council Office, Stone Pavilion.
The appeal is being organised by Dartford Matters, Dartford Living, and Dartford Community Group.
While NWKA is asking for new toys and children’s books, the charity would also accept vouchers, sweets, wrapping paper, toiletries, and non-perishable food. Gifts will be then wrapped and distributed to those children in need.
NKWA (soon to be Choices) has been working throughout Kent and Medway since its establishment in 1996, offering accommodation and outreach support, regardless of gender.
Domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime and accounts for 16% of all violent crime (Source: Crime in England and Wales 04/05 report), however it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police.
If you have been affected by domestic violence, you can call the 24hr national helpline free and in confidence on 0808 2000 247.