Victims of domestic violence often leave everything behind to find safety. For children, this can mean leaving behind toys, books, and even Halloween costumes.
That makes events like the fall festival hosted by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and his girlfriend Claudia Aznar even more meaningful. Andrus and Aznar hosted the festival for women and children staying at SafeHaven’s shelter, treating them to dinner catered by Blackeyed Pea, an old fashioned horse drawn hayride, pumpkin decorating, and bobbing for apples.
“Events like tonight help our kids forget, if even for a moment, the fear they experienced before coming to our shelter,” said SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley. “For a few hours while they decorate pumpkins and bob for apples they get to just be kids. Not to mention hayrides with Elvis Andrus! For Elvis and Claudia to make this happen . . . it is amazing.”
Elvis also presented SafeHaven with a $5,000 donation.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to give back to the community who has give me so much in my career in Texas,” Andrus said. “I just love it and it’s a great cause especially right now. There’s tough time for them and for me to help a little bit it means a lot to me and to them.”
Elvis spent time tossing a football with the kids, signing autographs, taking pictures, and helped them decorate pumpkins. In the spirit of the season, he also brought treats for all of the kids and the moms. Rangers Captain even made an appearance, to the delight of both kids and adults.
“I’m so glad this check is in the shape of a heart, because it is from your heart to our heart and it will bless other people’s hearts,” said Hafley upon receiving the surprise donation from Andrus. “You are touching more lives than just these special women and children that you’ve had the opportunity to meet today. It will extend far beyond that. You really do make it possible for us to change lives.”
— Kelly Gavin (@KellysPics) October 29, 2014