Last Sunday night, Oct. 12, I came home from a church meeting but decided to drive into my mother's driveway instead of mine, just across the street.
I saw my cat there in my mom's yard waiting for me to come home.
I guess I spooked her because she ran out into the street heading for her home right into an on coming car and was killed instantly.
Last Friday morning at about 6:20 a.m. on Washington St. N.E., First or Second Street. I ran over a grey tiger striped cat (a female?) with a flea collar on it. (It happened just like my cat.) The cat was killed.
I took it to the vet hospital on Oak St. but they were closed until Monday so I couldn't leave it there all weekend. I had hoped they might know whose cat it was.
Instead I cried all the way home and buried it next to my cat.
Someone in NE Brainerd might want to know what happened to their cat Friday. The one that never came home. I'm so sorry.
A safe refuge
The Women's Center is a safe refuge for women and their children. Last year we provided physical and emotional safety to113 women and 154 children who were fleeing domestic violence. This Christmas, we will once again be "home" to women and children who are homeless, and "family" to those who have no family. In addition to meeting their immediate needs at the time of their crisis, we try at Christmas time to provide some hope and joy to these families. While we are able to offer that most precious gift of safety, we need your assistance to provide the more tangible signs of sharing.
These times are financially difficult, but most of all for those women and children who have fled their homes to escape violence, many of whom are forced to leave behind all of their belongings and rebuild their lives in new, violence free homes. As Christmas approaches, these mothers face the reality of not being able to provide gifts for their children. For them, the usual anticipation of Christmas and giving will be replaced with dread. You have an opportunity to replace these mothers' anxieties with joy and expectation of a Merry Christmas for their children and themselves.
A cash contribution will be used to purchase gifts or perhaps you would prefer the personal touch of adopting an entire family. For more information on creative ways you may be able to help, please call me at 218-828-1216.
The spirit of generosity in our community has assisted us in making Christmas brighter for countless families, and for that we are very grateful. But, each year brings new families with new needs. Please join us in keeping the Christmas message of peace alive.
Mid-Minnesota Women's Center
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