Holidays can be busy time at Hartley House

By Emily Crowe

Hartley House Executive Director Donna Horton, left and Curry County Manager Lance Pyle box up food donations from the county's yearly food drive Friday at the Curry County Courthouse.

Hartley House Executive Director Donna Horton, left and Curry County Manager Lance Pyle box up food donations from the county’s yearly food drive Friday at the Curry County Courthouse.

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The holidays can be particularly tough on struggling families, and the Hartley House is doing what it can to help local families who are dealing with abuse.

Executive Director Donna Horton said the domestic abuse shelter and resource center sees a lot of families coming in around this time of year.

The non-profit organization works with individuals to avoid abuse in relationships and to provide temporary refuge for battered spouses, partners and other abused family members and their children.

According to Horton, community response is generally good over the holidays, and people are especially keen to donate food, toys, gifts and money.

Curry County offices recently held a non-perishable food drive to help families at the Hartley House.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the county has decided to do a yearly food drive, and for its first year chose Hartley House as their worthy cause.

As for families, Hartley House staff does their best to make the holidays special even when they are going through a particularly hard time.

“We celebrate Christmas just like anybody,” said Horton. “We make sure they have presents and a nice holiday dinner. We decorate the house, of course, and try to make it a lot of fun, especially for the kids.”

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