Why Drives Matter
Denton County Friends of the Family’s Marketing and Development Program keeps busy throughout the year by promoting and holding multiple donation drives. Our drives are to collect specific items for our clients in mass quantity. A huge aspect of domestic violence is financial abuse. This form of abuse may not be as obvious to the outside world as a bruise or an injury. Financial abuse is slow; it’s sweet gestures, it’s an illusion, and it’s isolating. Victims of financial abuse may hold down a job and work for a living, but they may not actually ever see their paycheck, or if they do see any money, it is an allowance strictly controlled by their partner. Another form of economic abuse is the sabotage of working conditions – creating an environment where the victim is fired or let go from their job. Finally, the destruction of their credit: abusive partners will choose to take out many credit lines or rack up large purchases, which they then refuse to pay off, all in their victim's name, so when the victim does leave, they have no money and terrible credit, making moving on very difficult. We provide you with this information because it is the force behind why we hold these drives. Denton County Friends of the Family wants to do all we can to alleviate financial burdens and help our clients become financially independent, and one of the ways we do that is through our drives.
Swimsuit Drive: April – May
The Swimsuit Drive is our newest drive, with a goal to collect 200+ swimsuits for our clients’ children. As we all know, children grow every year and swimsuits can be very expensive, especially for a mom who has multiple children. Her focus is not only on their wellbeing, but on putting food on the table, keeping the lights on, and having a roof over their heads. Swimsuits just may not be a top priority for mom, but they are for her children. Kids want to be able to wear a swimsuit that fits them well so they can have fun in the sun, and they deserve to have a memorable summer just like everyone else! Along with swimsuits, we are also collecting swim accessories such as towels, sunscreen, goggles, hats, etc. If you want to sign up to donate, you can visit our drive page below. If you would like to know what our biggest need is, feel free to reach out to Volunteer@dcfof.org.
Back to School Backpack Drive: June – August
When summer begins, we set out to start collecting 400+ backpacks and school supplies for our clients’ children. Economic and financial abuse can be a big barrier for a parent getting all the required school supplies for her children. In order to alleviate that burden, we collect new backpacks and all the required school supplies for grades pre-k – 12. The key to a successful school year is having all the right tools at your fingertips, and that means having plenty of pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, and a good sturdy backpack for carrying all of one's textbooks. At the start of June, we will have our needs list posted up on the website, so be on the lookout for that, and if you would like to volunteer or host a drive at your place of business or school, please reach out to Volunteer@dcfof.org.
Thanksgiving Drive: October – November
The holidays can be very difficult for our clients, as the focus is on family and their family is likely in a state of chaos. It is important for us to be able to empower our clients to have a fun holiday with their children and for them not to feel lost and alone during the holiday season. In October we start collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving as well as $10 gift cards. These items include boxed mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cornbread mix, canned veggies, pie filling, pie crusts, rice, beans, mac and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly. We put these kits together with the help of all our wonderful volunteers. Since we are unable to provide protein, like meats and fresh veggies, we collect $10 gift cards to allow the families a choice in the type of meat they provide for their families on Thanksgiving. If you would like to either volunteer or collect these items in October and November, please e-mail Volunteer@dcfof.org.
Adopt a Family: November – December
Our final and largest drive of the year begins in November, and that is our Adopt a Family Drive. Every year, we ask our clients to provide us with Christmas/Holiday gift wish lists for their children. We then take that list, change the name of the child and pass it on to a donor, who then goes and shops for the child. We request one outfit and three gifts for each child. We also provide a meal kit like our Thanksgiving drive’s meal kit for any family that would like one. We collected gifts for over 700 children last year! It is a massive undertaking, and the community really steps up and helps support our clients in what can be the most difficult time of year for our clients who just want to provide a safe, happy, and memorable holiday season for their children. If you would like to volunteer your time to help sort and organize the donations or would like to shop for a child or family, please e-mail Volunteer@dcfof.org at the beginning of November through the beginning of December.
Driving to Safety: All Year
We have one drive that takes place throughout the year, and that is our Driving to Safety campaign. As we all know, gas prices fluctuate and with summer quickly approaching, prices will begin to soar. When you are just starting again on a path to financial independence, purchasing gas can be another financial burden. We strive to help alleviate that stress by providing gas gift cards and bus passes so that our clients have the freedom to not only come to our Outreach for services, but they can pick up their children from school, go grocery shopping and go to work. If you would like to donate money to a gas gift card or would like to purchase gas gift cards for our clients, you can do so by visiting our Driving to Safety Campaign via the button below.
Driving to Safety