While The Liberty Belles Chorus loves nothing more than to bring music to our local community, it’s important to us to support a local charity with a mission we truly believe in with more than just the gift of song.
Laurel House is a domestic violence agency serving individuals, families and communities throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, being dedicated to the vision of ending domestic violence in each life, home and community. Its mission is to advocate for and empower those impacted by domestic violence by providing crisis intervention, safe haven, supportive programs and resources and to advance social change through preventative education and through community training and collaboration to foster a coordinated response to domestic abuse.
Periodically through the year, the Belles collect and donate items listed on Laurel House’s Wish List – its most needed items at that time. Items collected include groceries, household items, clothing for women and children, linens, and gift cards for Wawa, Target, Walmart, Uber/Lyft, just to name a few.
“Our Board of Directors discussed aligning ourselves with an organization that would promote and support women in our community since that is the mission of Harmony, Inc. The suggestion of Laurel House was brought to the chorus for discussion and was unanimously approved,” said Christine Dunigan, chorus liaison with Laurel House.
Last year, our chorus was asked to perform at Laurel House’s holiday party for its families, dedicated workers and volunteers. We were told that 100 women and children will be attending, and the charity wanted to give each attendee a holiday gift bag. The Belles decided that we would be donating the holiday gift bags.
In early December, some of our members dropped off 100 donated holiday gift bags at Laurel House. Some items donated in the gift bags included pads and pens, face masks, bath supplies, and candies.
“I have been a supporter of Laurel House ever since I moved to Pennsylvania. As a survivor of domestic abuse, as well as knowing family and friends that have been victims of abuse, this organization is close to my heart,” said member Lisa Traxler. “I was thrilled when we decided to support Laurel House in both tangible ways as well as bringing a little joy to them during holidays with a performance at their holiday dinner.”
The Belles are so blessed to be able to support this amazing organization! For more information on Laurel House, please visit www.laurel-house.org.
Submitted by member Sarah Thorne-Miller