When Sebastopol resident Bonnie Van Anda attended the Grand Opening of the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (FJCSC), she decided that she wanted to do something for families in crisis who come to the Center for help. So, began the story of how the local 4-H community created and donated 100 blankets for family violence survivors who visit the FJCSC for services.
Bonnie Van Anda applied for and received a $1000 grant from the California Youth Development Program to make blankets as donations. She organized a team of 4-H teens to make these100 blankets by December for the families in crises. Bonnie and the 4-H community hope that those who receive them will remain hopeful that their future can be brighter, knowing that others do care.
FJCSC Executive Director Gloria Eurotas said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Bonnie, her team, and the 4-H Community. The many victims who come to the FJCSC seeking assistance and healing will receive comprehensive services provided by our co-located partner agencies, and also be comforted by these beautiful blankets. They are a perfect symbol of the wrap-around care that our community has come together to offer these individuals in need.”
A celebration for the 4-H teens to present these beautiful blankets was held on Sunday, December 16, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Family Justice Center Sonoma County.