Submitted by Lee Seymour
On behalf of Muddy Water Riding Club, Lee Seymour donates a check to Nancy Turner for Family Violence Protection/Sexual Assault Unit of Emporia. Every year at Christmas I am blessed with your help to take many under-privileged children shopping, but this year I need your help with something a little different. The "Kids & Cop's" shopping will be held too, thanks to your previous donations. There is almost enough money in the account to accommodate the event this year. There is no need to keep a surplus amount in the account. I highly encourage you to support another program that I am a volunteer for and it is close to my heart. I had no idea the amount of families they serve in a years time until I became a volunteer. These dedicated women, men, staff and volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. The FVSAU is a program that assists over 500 victims a year that have been involved in domestic violence and/or sexual assault cases. The program is made up of a few staff members and a lot of volunteers, including myself. They operate strictly on grants and donations. They offer counseling, support groups, court and hospital accompaniment, safety planning, financial assistance, shelter, transportation and 24 hour crisis intervention, just to name a few. The majority of the women and men (yes, men) they assist in getting out of domestic situations have jobs but make just enough to get by. Every year the FVSAU assists many families with providing school supplies, clothing, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, Santa shopping and assistance with increased heating bills for the winter. The funding and assistance for FVSAU is less each year and those in need just keeps growing. Your donations will help them to continue helping the many ones that desperately need help. Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare for those in need. You can get the money to me or to you can donate directly at the event on October 27th at 5:30 pm under Pavilion at Veteran's Memorial Park located behind the post office on Main Street. We would like to invite you to attend this event and learn more in honor of October being "Domestic Violence Awareness Month!" What we do is help people get a fresh start from violence! Make your check payable to Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit or FVSAU and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Dr., Emporia, Virginia. 23847 or call me at 434–430–5000 and I will gladly pick up your donations. All donations are tax deductible! Merry Christmas and "Thanks" to you all for helping make life a little easier for those that need us!