VALPARAISO | Valparaiso attorney Kenneth J. Allen and his wife, Nina, donated gift cards today to purchase Christmas gifts for every child currently in five emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children throughout Northwest Indiana.
"The $75 gift cards hopefully provide some joy during the holidays to these children at a very difficult time," said Mr. Allen.
The shelters are: The Caring Place, Valparaiso; Haven House, Hammond; Rainbow Shelter, Gary; St. Jude House, Crown Point; Stepping Stone Shelter, Michigan City.
Last month the Allens donated Thanksgiving dinners complete with turkeys and trimmings to 300 families through the Hilltop Neighborhood House Food Pantry in Valparaiso, and Catholic Charities in Gary.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen have a long history of philanthropy to those less fortunate in Northwest Indiana. Last year they donated more than new 1,100 winter coats to children throughout the region. "Having worked my way through school, I understand the difficult circumstances families often find themselves caught in, particularly when the economy is down," said Attorney Allen.