Local charity event tackles domestic violence

by Heather Harbin 0

The second annual Fairy Shelter Project Kick-off Event, held to benefit the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita, was held Saturday May 2 at the Savia building in Newhall.

Domestic Violence is not a Fairy Tale was the theme of this year’s event. Children from all over the Santa Clarita Valley came to decorate wooden houses, not only for the community service hours they got, but also to become more aware. This event is a way to get the message out in a non-threatening manner that doesn’t make people think that they are the victim.

“When I came to the Domestic Violence three years ago, I found there was no joy even in our office, there was no joy amongst the staff… I decided we should have events that say to the community you don’t have to be afraid…I know there is a lot of shame in it, but let’s talk about it,” said Linda Davies, Executive Director for the Domestic Violence Center.

“It helps put fun into what we do, and at the same time it helps build awareness in our community that there are people out there that need shelter and there can be fun ways to help other people out,” said Tiffany Suaa, Office Manager for the Domestic Violence Center.

Louis Avila and his eight year old daughter Ashley were at the event for a second year, “just to get involved with the community [and] get [my daughter] into knowing what it is like to help others… she actually wanted to do it again.”

For others, it was their first time at the event, “we’re here to supply housing and safe housing for people who need it,” said ten year old Megan Oseas.

These wooden houses were not bought, however. Boy Scout Braxton Dula from Troup 58 made them by hand for his Eagle Scout project. “I got some friends from my troop and my brother’s troop to help build these last weekend… It took us 6 hours… We made 106 [houses], said Dula.

In addition to the house decorating, a raffle was held for the chance to sit at a table with fairies and/or Peter Pan and a pirate at the Fairy Shelter Breakfast.

The houses will be auctioned off at the Fairy Shelter Breakfast on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. at Hart Park in Newhall. Tickets can be purchased on the Domestic Violence Center website, dvc-scv.com, calling into their office at (661) 259-8175, or by emailing info@dvc-scv.org

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