Domestic abuse shelter will ‘Pay It Forward’
to thank a generous community
Sheltering Wings marks program’s
19th anniversary with call for random acts of kindness
DANVILLE, Ind. – “Despite all the turmoil of 2020, people in this community chose to look outside themselves and help their neighbors, including Sheltering Wings residents. We’re going to pay back that unselfish generosity by paying it forward.”
Those words by Cassie Mecklenburg, executive director of Sheltering Wings, will launch Pay It Forward, the domestic abuse shelter’s annual effort to encourage everyone to perform a random act of kindness. Officially, Pay It Forward starts on Jan. 12, the shelter’s 19th anniversary.
“The pandemic has added a big layer of care to what we already do. People in this community continually step up – making donations, dropping off food and donating items from our wish list. Every single family was adopted, too, so every person had gifts to open on Christmas morning – for some, their first Christmas without violence,” said Mecklenburg.
For its part, the shelter will Pay It Forward to healthcare partners at Hendricks Regional Health and IU Health West. Prevention and Education Officer Melissa Echerd says acts of kindness are in line with the shelter’s efforts to prevent domestic violence, on the rise due to increased isolation.
“We talk a lot about the developmental assets a young person needs to avoid a violent future. We reinforce these when a child sees our acts of kindness,” Echerd said.
How can you show kindness while social distancing? Here are a few ideas:
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