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Happy Holidays


As you know, the Women’s Center of Mid-Minnesota meets the needs of women and children who have fled their homes due to domestic violence and abuse. In addition, we continually provide services to those seeking advocacy, education, and resources in our community. The holidays are approaching quickly and although we are able to offer the precious gift of safety and meet basic needs of the families, we rely on the generosity of the lakes area to assist us in providing the more tangible signs of sharing during the Christmas season.


The anxiety of leaving behind everything they own in exchange for safety in a violence-free environment is difficult for anyone to comprehend; the reality of not being able to provide gifts for their children during the Christmas season only adds to the immense emotional and financial strain for these families. In the past, we have been fortunate for the giving spirit of the lakes area, which has made the holiday spirit by making cash contributions, purchase gifts, or to adopt a family and directly make the holiday a special time for someone in need.

Please contact Rita at 218-828-1216 and together we can make a difference in meeting the needs of these women and children in our community this 2012 holiday season of giving.

Tonya Heldt

Executive Director


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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