By Victoria Erickson
The Lincoln Center and Crossroads Safehouse are teaming up to give Gifts for Good and make this holiday season a little brighter for those looking to escape domestic violence. Benefiting Crossroads’ Holiday Gift Shop, The Lincoln Center’s Gifts for Good donation drive will take place Nov. 5–Dec. 1, in conjunction with the Broadway national tour of The Color Purple playing The Lincoln Center Nov. 21-23.
Crossroads’ free Holiday Gift Shop provides an opportunity for Crossroads clients, including children and adults alike, to choose from a selection of new items that have been donated to then gift to their immediate family members. Volunteers assist clients with gift wrapping, ensuring each person can freely give their personal gifts of holiday magic and cheer.
“This holiday season, we felt it was very important to connect our annual donation drive to the powerful theme of the nationally touring Broadway production of The Color Purple,” says Lincoln Center Director Jack Rogers. “Ultimately, the musical is about women finding empowerment even amidst the darkness of abuse. Understanding the breadth of the impacts of domestic abuse, we immediately wanted to team up with our friends at Crossroads Safehouse who have been such an amazing resource for so many women in this community.”
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book, critically acclaimed movie, and also a Tony Award-winning musical, The Color Purple follows Celie, a young woman raised in the American South, who learns to find her voice despite the abuse she receives both from her father and then later from her husband.
“Crossroads appreciates the partnership with The Lincoln Center this holiday season and their generosity to our clients and their children that experience interpersonal abuse. Our goal at Crossroads Safehouse is to provide support to people living with domestic violence through shelter, advocacy and empowerment,” says Kathy Jordan, the Community Relations and Outreach Manager for Crossroads Safehouse. Every year, Crossroads shelters 500 individuals for a total of 16,000 nights. They advocate, assist, and educate over 3,000 people a year.
Items requested for the Gifts for Good drive are new, unused pampering goods for women—things like bath bombs, nail polish, makeup, candles, facial masks and lotion—and new children’s books, and art, science or craft activity kits for the kiddos.
“The Holiday Gift Shop is a way for the community to show a warmer kinder love in Northern Colorado,” says Jordan. “We are grateful to the Lincoln Center in their effort to make the holiday season a little brighter for the clients we serve.”
Anyone wishing to donate items during the Gifts for Good drive can drop them off at The Lincoln Center, located at 417 W. Magnolia in Fort Collins during Lincoln Center Business Hours which vary but include Tue-Sat, noon-6 p.m. and one hour prior to or during performances. Tickets to events are not required to drop off donations.