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Celebrate the Season of Giving with Us!

The shelter is often  filled over capacity, especially during the holidays. These are moms and kids fleeing for safety from their abusers. The majority of children are under the age of 12, and many of them arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. 

48413499_2154209877970988_7873403106359246848_o-300x300 2019 Toy Drive  - Braces and Invisalign in New London and East Lyme | Kozlowski OrthodonticsAt Kozlowski Orthodontics, we realize that we’ve been given a great gift — the opportunity to make a difference in our community. So with the holidays right around the corner, we’re excited about spending time with our families, and we’re also thinking about those in our area who may be struggling right now. We’re especially thinking about the mothers and the children in our area who may not know what they’re doing for Christmas. Because we want to make the biggest difference for the people who need it most, we’re partnering with Safe Futures — a safe house and emergency shelter in New London — to bring some joy to the kids in our community!

Safe Futures is an incredible organization that is on a mission to save lives, restore home, and change the future of those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking in Southeastern Connecticut. Their mission is to take care of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. But the safe house is often  filled over capacity, especially during the holidays. These are moms and kids fleeing for safety from their abusers. The majority of children are under the age of 12, and many of them arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. 

Last year, just before Christmas, one little 5 year old boy arrived at the shelter with his mom. He was extremely distraught, and through his tears told the counselor that he was afraid Santa wouldn’t be able to find him. Well, Santa DID find him — due to the generosity of people like you.

That’s why we’re hosting a Toy Drive now through December 12th — so that this incredible team of counselors and volunteers can tell every little boy and girl (and their parent) that Santa will know just where to find them this year. Please bring in an unwrapped gift to our office to help us help our neighbors!

Brighten the hearts of children and families devastated by domestic violence and abuse. Drop off donations at any of our offices by Friday, December 13! (Legos and Barbies are in the highest demand!)

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Why is this so important to us?

Without the help of organizations like this, these families won’t have the kind of holiday they deserve.

Screen-Shot-2019-11-20-at-2.14.49-PM-224x300 2019 Toy Drive  - Braces and Invisalign in New London and East Lyme | Kozlowski OrthodonticsSafe Futures means a lot to us because this organization helps families in our direct community — and possibly even patients that we see here in our office. As a team, we’re also primarily women and mothers, so it means a lot to us that this organization focuses on helping people like us!

We hope people participate because without the help of organizations like this, these families won’t have the kind of holiday they deserve. Most often, people think of helping others in terms of money or necessities, but this is a way to provide families with something priceless — giving a child joy during the holidays.

Local businesses have a unique opportunity to help their communities because they are already connected to so many individuals through the service they provide, so a small amount of effort ends up going a really long way. One of our most important core values is education and unfortunately in this day and age, sometimes education is a privilege. Anything we can do to help provide resources, knowledge, and joy to our community allows these people in need to focus on the more important things in their lives instead of having to worry about the basics or providing Christmas for their children.

A healthy, happy community makes US happy!

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