Columbus State Farm agents make donation to Center for Survivors
COLUMBUS - On Tuesday, the Center for Survivors received a $750 Walmart gift card and more than 160 teddy bears from State Farm agents Annette Alt, Dan Liebig and Michael Brittenham.
“This money allows us to do some things that we can’t always do with grants," services director Abbie Tessendorf said. "It’s important to make sure that we support victims in the way that they need it the most.”
The Center for Survivors works to aid and provide shelter to women and men who are fleeing domestic violence.
Tessendorf said the gift card can help them get things that are difficult to find funding for, such as clothes, work shoes or prescriptions.
She said they also serve children who accompany parents trying to get out of a bad situation.
That's where the teddy bear donations come in.
"They provide comfort to kids when there’s a time of uncertainty and it’s a security for a child to have that," Tessendorf said. "So it’s really exciting that we can offer that to little ones that have seen violent things.”
Agent Michael Brittenham said the donations were made possible by State Farm's COVID Good Neighbor Relief.
"Each State Farm agent had the opportunity to access grant funds through State Farm," Brittenham said. "State Farm has been known for many, many years to reinvest within their communities, not just on a national level but on the agent level.”
The three Columbus agents said they felt the Center for Survivors deserved some additional support.
After all, Tessendorf said her organization has been serving more of those in severe cases of domestic violence lately.
"More severe than I think is typical," she said. "Things like COVID or alcoholism or losing a job, those things don’t cause domestic violence, but they definitely are stressors that contribute to the frequency and severity.“
Brittenham said it seemed to be a good fit for their donation.
“State Farm’s slogan, ‘Like a good neighbor,’ resonates within this organization as well," he said. "They reach out to people within the community when they are at their lowest point and need help the most."