Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 31, 2013

FPP seeking help

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Family Peace Project is in need of monetary donations to help families who are dealing with family violence.

Executive Director Marlena Taylor said the organization helped 719 women and children after helping 642 people in 2011.

Taylor said of the 719 families, 116 of those were first-time families.

“We are needing fundraising, individual gifts and volunteers to help us with the services that we provide,” Taylor said.

She said the easiest way to help out the organization is through monetary donations, since the Family Peace Project’s store — which has been open for five years — is currently closed.

“Monetary donations are easier for us, just like the Food Pantry, to help families with bills so their electricity will not be turned off,” Taylor said. “The store is closed right now so we want to get more volunteers. We hope to have the store back open in March.”

Taylor said the main use of the donations goes toward helping women and children get the proper food and shelter following job loss, injury, divorce and illness.

“We try to approach our families with the daily things for their kids and make sure they have blankets and socks and diapers that fit right,” Taylor said. “We try to meet the needs of the individuals so they can make a daily living. It is the generosity of the community that makes all of this happen.”

The Family Peace Project would also like to make the community aware of its 12th annual Waffle Breakfast on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon to stomp out domestic violence in Henderson County.

If you are able to help with donations for the Family Peace Project, you can mail them to P.O. Box 1723 Athens, TX 75751.

You can also contact the Peace Project at 903-677-9177 or visit their website at www.familypeaceproject.org.