A special one day fundraiser is helping to support women in our community.

The Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre “I Believe” campaign is shining a light on domestic violence and the challenges many local women face.

Karen Hunter, executive director at the Women’s Centre says this is a very difficult time of year for many, made worse by the pandemic.

“Many individuals are struggling, they’re struggling at home, having out stay in situations where there’s violence and abuse, not being able to get out and seek the services they absolutely need,” Hunter explains.

She says the problems are often compounded by mental health and addiction issues.

“Christmas is just around the corner and it should be a very happy time for everyone, and for many of our families it simply is not.”

The Women’s Centre is accepting donations of gift cards, cash, non-perishable food, and new unwrapped toys.

Donations received will allow struggling mothers to experience the joy of shopping and giving gifts to their families over the holidays.

All monetary donations made today will be matched by Advance Basement Systems up to $3500.

November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, and November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.