Turning Point program aims to brighten holidays for abuse victims

An organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse is seeking help with getting presents for families in need.

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services helps parents in Johnson, Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Shelby counties who have gotten out of or who are trying to leave an abusive relationship. The organization is collecting presents for 50 families who otherwise would have difficulty providing gifts to their kids for Christmas, a news release said.

The goal is to get at least two to three gifts for each child, which is a huge help for parents who may be struggling with financial issues after just getting out of a relationship, said Nicole Emerson, the Johnson County community services director for Turning Point.

“They’ve got a lot on their plates and shoulders, being able to provide presents for the kids is really, really meaningful because in other cases they might not be able to purchase gifts,” she said.

The number of families being helped has doubled, largely due to an increase in outreach to the community, Emerson said.

For parents, one of the best gifts is to get gift cards to stores like Walmart or for gas stations, which helps them take care of practical needs for their families, she said.

At a glance

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services is collecting Christmas presents for 50 families. A list of the presents they are seeking is available at www.turningpointdv.org/holidaygifts.

To make a donation, contact Nicole Emerson, the Johnson County community services director for Turning Point at 317-736-8666 or nicoleemerson@turningpointdv.org.

The deadline for donations is Dec. 15

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.