Wrapping Gifts, Healing Hearts

December 10, 2005 -- Posted at 4:15 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- It's that time of year -- time for Christmas shopping and of course, the dreaded gift wrapping.   But never fear, for those who aren't gifted in the fine art of gift wrapping we may have a solution.  The Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas is hosting their annual gift wrapping booth set up at the Indian Mall.


“People don’t realize how prevalent domestic violence is and also sexual assault… it's one of the less reported crimes and it's something our community needs to be aware of,” said Sherri Cotchran of the Women’s Crisis Center.


Sebrena Coleman is a volunteer who says she has a personal reason for being involved, “I grew up in an abusive home and my mother has been abused and if people have not experienced it then they don’t understand.”


Chances are you or someone you know has been physically abused in your life.  That's why support for this organization is needed.


The gift wrapping booth for the women's crisis center wouldn't be possible if it weren't for volunteers like the one's you see behind me, and volunteers are desperately needed.

“We need more volunteer's out here to help with our booth and if anybody is interested -- if its an organization or a church group -- you can kind of adopt a time,” said Cotchran.


You can get involved by simply stopping by the booth located inside the Indian Mall in Jonesboro.  All the proceeds go to benefit the Women's Crisis Center.