Present Now wrote -
In 2014, in California, there were 496,972 reports of child abuse and neglect. PRESENT NOW is committed to helping these children heal.
The mission of PRESENT NOW is to assist mothers and their children who are entering domestic violence shelters. By providing “presents” consisting of both necessary and specialty items for the children, we can alleviate some of the initial stress of entering a shelter while also bringing some measure of joy during this time of acute crisis.
PRESENT NOW Presents Program consists of three gifts. The Presence of Mind Box is given to each child in September filled with school supplies suited to the child’s age and grade level. The Presence of Love Box is delivered to each child on Valentine's Day. Enclosed will be an age appropriate digital toy and/or learning device. The Presence of Being Box is presented to children on their birthday. Each box will include a restaurant gift card for the family to enjoy a birthday dinner out on the town and ingredients for a homemade cake to be prepared by the family in the shelter. This box will also include an outfit, age appropriate toy and book.
With all three of these boxes, our goal is to create hope and some measure of comfort all year long for the child.