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Would you like to be a WAVI elf  for Christmas?

Parade of elves in snow announcing WAVI is looking for elves.

There are two ways you can be an elf and help WAVI with Christmas at the shelter.
Keep scrolling down for details about how to
Adopt a Family, Adopt the Shelter or sign up to be an Adopted Family!

Elves and reindeer carrying gifts to a big pile of presents.

Adopt a Family

Elves who would like to “Adopt a Family” will be provided with information for a family,
including the number of family members, ages, genders, and a wish list from the family.
The elves get to shop and wrap the gifts for the family and bring them to the shelter to be distributed.
We would like to have elves for up to 50 familes for this event.
Elves can donate as individuals, families, or organizations and groups.

Important things for Adopt a Family Elves to know :
The final sign up date for all the elves who want to Adopt a Family is Friday, December 10, 2021, by 4:00 pm.
Elves must have Adopt a Family gifts wrapped and delivered to WAVI by Wednesday, December 15, 2021, by 4:00 pm.

Santa, elves and reindeer carrying stacks of gifts to a house in the snow.

Adopt the Shelter

Elves who would like to “Adopt the Shelter” are asked to give donations from our wishlist to support general shelter needs for Christmas.
Donations will allow us to restock our shelves and provide Christmas baskets for our in-shelter clients and families on Christmas morning.

Important things for Adopt the Shelter Elves to know :
Elves must have Adopt the Shelter donations delivered to WAVI by Wednesday, December 15, 2021, by 4:00 pm.

Adopt the Shelter Wishlist

  • Gift cards specifically to Wal Mart or Target
  • New Pajamas (womens, kids, unisex, all sizes)
  • Fuzzy slipper socks, all sizes
  • Adult regular socks
  • Journals or planners, pens & pencils
  • NEW Adult & kids underwear
  • All sizes of leggings, plain t-shirts, sweatshirts & hoodies
  • NEW full & twin size sheet sets
  • Universal phone chargers
  • Coloring books & color pencils, colored gel pens
  • Ear buds & blue tooth speakers
  • Clock radios
  • Christmas candy
  • Gingerbread kits
  • FULL SIZE body lotions & hair conditioners
  • Backpacks
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Laundry baskets
  • Bath & body gift sets
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, & scarves
  • Christmas candy & snacks
  • Plain water bottles

Elves building snowman in the snow

Adopted Families

Families who would like to be on our Adopt a Family list, call the shelter anytime up to 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 9, 2021.
You can sign up via scheduled appointments (phone or in person) with your case manager.

We will have special signup days on:
Thursday, December 2, 2021, 9 am to 7 pm
Friday, December 3, 2021, 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 9 am to 2 pm

Appointments will not be needed on these days, just drop in and a member of the staff will go over the paperwork with you

Important things for Adopted Families to know:
Last day to sign up will be Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 4:00pm.
Pick up dates will be Monday, December 20, 2021 and Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 9 am to 8 pm.

Gifts will NOT be available to Adopted Families after 8 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2021!
If you are unable to pick up your gifts during these times, please call your case manager.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the shelter at 605-341-3292

Thank you to all the amazing elves willing to help WAVI make Christmas in 2021 amazing for our clients!

November 9 - 15 is the 23rd Annual Caring Rose Week.
Support WAVI by giving someone you love roses!

The 23rd Annual Caring Rose Week will be November 8-13, 2021.
$10 plus 2 nonperishable food items will get you 12 wrapped roses at Victoria's Garden!
All donations given to WAVI! 
No limits…order 1 dozen or 10 dozen! 
Special shipment arriving EARLY & available for pick up beginning Friday, November 5. 
Preorder now at Victoria’s Garden by calling 605-348-2035

Mark your calendars!

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We are already planning our next Spirit of Peace Beach Ball Social.
Hope we see you there!

For coming to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® with us!

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WAVI wants to send a big THANK YOU to our sponsors for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2021:

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In addition to attending WAVI's many Rapid City events, you can also make an impact in the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors by donating or volunteering today.

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Fact: 1 in 15 children are witnesses to domestic violence each year.