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Imagine: you and your children are spending the holidays in a domestic violence shelter where you have arrived with only the clothes on your backs. Or perhaps you are now living in safety but are barely making ends meet while you recover from financial abuse. How will you give your kids a happy holiday?

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) is excited to launch the 2022 Adopt-a-Family program, our annual holiday gift card drive that gives WC&S clients the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for their children. Last year, donors provided a more joyful holiday season to more than 1,000 survivors of domestic violence and their children. That’s more clients served through the program than ever before! As our programs and services keep expanding, so too does the need for help during the holidays.

Now more than ever, we need your help to make the holidays brighter for a family affected by domestic violence. WC&S serves more than 7,700 survivors and their children annually and almost all of them have been subjected to financial abuse. With the holidays fast approaching, they need your help.

Why gift cards? It may seem impersonal, but your donation of Target, Wal-Mart, or Visa gift cards is deeply meaningful to the hundreds of mothers who have been made to feel powerless by their abusers. When you give them the chance to shop and select the perfect gift for their own child, you are helping them regain their sense of control and freedom.

The Adopt-a-Family program will be accepting gift cards until Friday, December 9, 2022.

To download and print the Adopt-a-Family overview document, click here.

If you’re interested in hosting a virtual gift card collection drive in your work office or among friends, please submit a community fundraiser proposal.

Contact Jake at or (412) 894-4559 with questions. To comply with our confidentiality policy, we are unable to provide names, ages or requests for specific families.

Thank you and Happy Holidays from all of us at WC&S!