Serve women in need at April James In­te­ri­ors

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Va­lerie Keller

Fear. Abuse. Pain. Uncer­tainty. Loss of hope.

This is ex­pe­ri­enced by bat­tered, refugee and sex­u­ally abused women in our com­mu­nity as well as through­out the na­tion. As of 2015, there were more than 65 mil­lion refugees in the world. In the United States, one in three women ex­pe­ri­ence phys­i­cal or sex­ual abuse. Al­though this is a preva­lent and of­ten over­whelm­ing is­sue, there are many re­sources to as­sist and pro­vide relief.

April James In­te­ri­ors is host­ing a Serve Some­one Sat­ur­day on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 8, for Hearts Knit To­gether, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to this cause. April James In­te­ri­ors is lo­cated at 49 E. 1000 North in Span­ish Fork.

April’s pas­sion about is­sues like this, as well as her per­sonal con­nec­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, drove her to be­gin this tra­di­tion. Linda Sim­mons, April’s mother, is the direc­tor of this Utah-based pro­gram. In it’s be­gin­ning, Hearts Knit To­gether pro­duced a few hun­dred kits per year. Now the or­ga­ni­za­tion is pro­duc­ing thou­sands.

“I’ve watched as a small group of in­spired and mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­als - who were in poverty them­selves - de­cided to make a dif­fer­ence and give what they could to help and lift oth­ers,” said April. “I’m ex­cited to get our com­mu­nity in­volved in such an amaz­ing pro­gram!” What you can do: 1. April James In­te­ri­ors is do­nat­ing sup­plies to as­sem­ble jour­nals to be placed in re­cov­ery kits. Come in through­out the day to help make them.

2. Sup­port our needs drive. Bring bath towel do­na­tions (chil­dren and adult) as well as new or gen­tly used Hal­loween cos­tumes for chil­dren on Oct. 8. Go to heart­sknit­to­gether.org for a com­plete list of needed items. April James in­te­ri­ors is a needs drop off sta­tion dur­ing any open hours, not just Serve Some­one Sat­ur­day.

What April will do: In ad­di­tion to host­ing this event and do­nat­ing jour­nal sup­plies, 10 per­cent of sales on Oct. 8 will go to Hearts Knit To­gether. April will con­tinue to host Serve Some­one Satur­days for Hearts Knit To­gether and looks for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to join with its cus­tomers in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence one day at a time.

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