Snowbirds Support Yuma Child Abuse Center
Editor's Note: Diane Umphress, executive director of Amberly's Place, a child abuse victims center in Yuma, Ariz, wrote the following Letter to the Editor that appeared in the Yuma Sun.
Oftentimes we hear negative comments regarding our winter visitors and the impact the large numbers have on our community. I wonder if those living in Yuma County have any idea how many donated service hours most “snowbirds” provide to the various nonprofits in our community.
Amberly’s Place has been fortunate enough to be adopted by some of the RV parks. Quilters groups make beautiful handmade quilts which are provided to each victim who comes through Amberly’s Place. Each quilt is more than a warm blanket, it is an act of kindness which says “I care about you! You are of value and worth.” This comes at a time when most victims are down and in desperate need of a hand up. These talented quilters also make totes for the items the victim is given to be placed in, thus making it easier for them to take the new items with them.
The “snowbirds” hold various fundraisers for Amberly’s Place and donate money to be used for the emergency needs of victims. Last year, 2,070 victims needed services, each with a different emergency need. From the donated funds we have been able to provide for those emergency needs which range from buying diapers to changing door locks.
Some “snowbirds” use their talents to make wooden toys for the children who we provide services to while others donate time to volunteer at our Thrift Shoppe.
As you prepare to leave for your summer home the staff of Amberly’s Place and the victims they serve wish you safe travels, and offer a huge THANK YOU for the kindness and support you have shown us. We look forward to seeing you next season. Please take care.