For the families Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women serves, the holiday season can be a difficult time. The Belle Plaine-based organization is seeking donations to its Gifts of Hope program to make the season brighter for people in need.

SVABW is suggesting people consider donating everyday essentials for children ages infant to three years, 4 – 7 and 8 – 10, preteen/teens and adults because women may leave their house without the time to pack all the items needed. Visit their website at to view the donation wish list.

Donations for the alliance’s Gift for Hope program will be accepted through Dec. 9. Drop off new and unwrapped gifts to 551 E. Park Street in Belle Plaine. For more information, or suggestions on what makes a good donation, call Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women at 952-873-4214 or email

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