TAMPA, Fla. — ABC Action News is taking action against domestic violence all month long by highlighting community members who are making a difference in the lives of those in domestic violence situations.
Kathy Eckert has dedicated nearly two decades to volunteering at Hope Family Services in Manatee County. She and a group of women, mostly over the age of 55, hold events to provide a sense of normalcy especially during the holidays for those living in the shelter.
Some of the events include a Fourth of July Picnic, a baby shower, a back-to-school bash, and a holiday toy shop.
Eckert says volunteering is personal to her since domestic violence was present in her home growing up.
“It helps me in a sense with continuing to make a difference in people’s lives. I know how important it is,” says Eckert.
She said her years of working as a counselor also help her know what these families need.
You can learn more about the service provided by Hope Family Services by clicking here.