Be a Santa's Helper and provide gifts to women's shelters.

For: Women's shelters in the US, prmarily Houston/Galveston area
Houston, TX
Organizer: Patricia Grissom
Be a Santa's Helper and provide gifts to women's shelters. (Women's shelters in the US, prmarily Houston/Galveston area)
$600
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 8 donors
4% Complete

The Story

Friends, family, and people I had never met have asked me since my home flooded what they could do for me. This is it - support me in making Christmas a little brighter this year for women who are in shelter.

Last year my company, Dedicated to Empowering Women (DEW) delivered 600 gift-wrapped copies of Too Much Gold to Flush to women’s shelters.  This year thanks to Hurricane Harvey, I joined the ranks of the homeless, so I understand how gratifying it is for strangers to show up with gifts.  Also because of Harvey, I have 3,000 fewer copies of my book, Too Much Gold to Flush, although I am determined to use the remaining 680 copies to let women in shelters know that they are loved.


Too Much Gold to Flush is ideal for women in shelters because within its inspiring pages, I, Pat Grissom, share my shift from victim to victor following an emotionally abusive marriage.  This year we are also gifting handmade “security” blankets that are sewn by my 86-year-old mom, Myrethia Wood.  Over the years, she has donated about 600 blankets to shelters.   

Here is what your donation provides the shelter as well as the “thank-you” gift(s) DEW will send you for your support:

For each $25 Donation ($25-$225)· 

For Each $25 Donation a Woman's Shelter Receives One Copy of Too Much Gold to Flush 

The Donor (that’s you) Receives a Tax Receipt From the Receiving Shelter

For a $250 Donation· 

A Woman's Shelter Receives Ten Books and One Handmade Blanket (4 ft X 5 ft) 

The Donor (that’s you) Receives a Copy of Too Much Gold to Flush,  and a Tax Receipt from the Receiving Shelter

For a $500 Donation· 

A Woman's Shelter Receives Twenty Books and Two Handmade Blankets (4 ft X 5 ft)· 

The Donor Receives a Copy of Too Much Gold to Flush, One Handmade Blanket (4 ft X 5 ft), and a Tax Receipt From the Receiving Shelter

For a $1000 Donation· 

A Woman's Shelter Receives Forty Books and Four Handmade Blankets (4 ft X 5 ft)· 

The Donor Receives a Copy of Too Much Gold to Flush, a Handmade Blanket (4 ft X 5 ft), a Backpack, and a Tax Receipt from the Receiving Shelter  

The backpacks were designed and sewn by me (I learned to sew from my mom.)  See pictures of the books, blankets, and backpacks in the picture gallery at the top of this page.

To contribute just click on the red donate button at the top right of this page and enter your desired contribution. If you would like to designate a particular shelter to receive your contribution, please indicate that when DEW emails requesting your mailing address to send your tax receipt and appreciation gift(s).  The tax receipt will be provided by the shelter and will be mailed to you by DEW along with the thank-gift(s) after the books and blankets are delivered the second week in December.   

If you would rather give a check, send it along with your contact info (email and phone number) to: 

DEW (Dedicated to Empowering Women), P.O. Box 2235, Friendswood, TX 77549, and do not fill out this online donation page.  The same thank you gifts and donations to shelters will apply as shown above.


My greatest blessing from this experience is the awesome kindness of strangers. Providing Christmas gifts to women in shelters is my way of passing on that generosity and love. Please support me in this pay-it-forward project.


That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing. ~Simone de Beauvoir

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 7, 2017

Posted on December 7, 2017

The deadline for this fundraiser has been extended to next Wednesday, December 13.  Please share this opportunity to help others. 

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