The Day of Joy

The words Safe Passage Day of Joy 2018 over a background of purple, blue, and green colors.

Fleeing an abuser often means leaving a home, family, friends, and any sense of normalcy in a child’s life. For many survivors, leaving an abusive relationship comes with significant financial risk; at best they risk financial insecurity, and at worst they risk poverty. The holidays can be an especially difficult time of year when a family’s financial instability becomes most apparent. While peers decorate homes, take vacations, prepare feasts, and give and receive gifts, survivors and their children can feel extremely isolated.This is one of the many ways in which domestic violence can interrupt a survivor’s ability to provide for their child's basic needs. Through our programs, our resources, and our community partnerships, Safe Passage strives to mitigate those risks as much as possible. The Day of Joy is one way we elevate survivors in their quest for freedom in all forms.

The Day of Joy is a magical day. Each year Safe Passage survivors gather in a supportive community and "shop" for free for their families. The intention of this day is two-fold: to create a strong social network of empowered survivors, and to provide practical support in hopes of countering the impact of economic abuse. It is an inspiring day for all. Survivors experiencing a moment of scarcity can surround themselves with abundance, and community donors can contribute creatively to their neighbors in need.

We know from research and experience about the importance of economic stability and social support in increasing resilience in survivors. The intentional community-building and economic help that the Day of Joy offers directly boosts the resilience of children and families. The gifts that you give as a Day of Joy donor change lives. They offer children and parents a sense of normalcy in what can be a tumultuous and unfamiliar moment.

The Safe Passage Children’s Program Director sees the magic happen first hand. She says, “When clients learn that community members and local organizations are behind the donations, they often become quite emotional. The fact that those they do not know would be thinking of them, their children, and their struggle is extremely moving. This fact often counters the false narratives they may have internalized during the abusive relationship: that they do not matter, that they are unseen, and that nobody will help them.”

Safe Passage will be accepting donations for the Day of Joy at our main office, 76 Carlon Drive in Northampton, on Tuesday December 18 and Wednesday December 19 from 9am to 5pm. The wish list below is a guide to the most valuable gifts for families this year. We thank you for your commitment to our mission and for your support of families during this holiday season.

Have questions about the Day of Joy? Reach out to us at or call our office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 413-586-1125.


2018 Day of Joy Wishlist

Donation Requirements

  • New
  • Non-violent: meaning no weaponry, violent games, military or police figures, or any items that depict fighting, blood, or the harming of other people or animals.
  • Non sexual: meaning no items that depict nudity, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive content.


  • Sizes ranging from infancy to adulthood
  • Maternity clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Winter boots
  • Winter coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Rain jackets
  • Rain boots
  • Bathing suits


  • Plates and bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • Pots and pans
  • Bedding
  • Curtains
  • Lamps
  • Towels
  • Picture frames
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Baby bottles and sippy cups
  • Lunchboxes
  • Travel coffee mugs
  • Cleaning supplies kits (brooms, dustpans, sponges, etc…)
  • Non-toxic cleaning supplies
  • Tool kits
  • Gift cards to grocery stores

Bathing and Self Care

  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Hair brushes
  • Hair accessories
  • Hair styling products
  • Makeup
  • Shower caddies
  • Shower curtains
  • Bathroom rugs
  • Shower sandals
  • Bathrobes
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash
  • Pharmacy gift cards


  • Board games
  • Art supplies
  • Jewelry making supplies
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Puddle jumpers
  • Bicycles and helmets
  • Movie passes and passes to local activities
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Tablets and Chromebooks


  • School supplies
  • Fold-up shopping carts
  • Reusable bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Cell phones
  • Significant need: tracphones with prepaid minutes
  • iPods
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Gas cards
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