United Way of the Mid-South is seeking donations for their Women Helping Women Collection Drive to provide essentials for women in shelters.
Women United is a leadership group of the United Way of the Mid-South that harnesses the collective power of a diverse group of local women leaders who are engaged in their communities. They work to help low-income women and their families move out of poverty, and they are the force behind this summer’s Women’s Shelter Collection Drive. Items can be donated up until August 15.
The drive is to help victims of domestic violence by providing them with basic hygiene products including deodorant, toilet paper, and baby items. Those wanting to give can help in one of two ways, or both.
One way is to donate items from the list of preferred goods via AmazonSmile. Their list can be found here. And if you’d like to donate your time, the group is hosting a Sort Day in September to sort through the collected items to distribute to women in need.
“For many of us, this is the season of the academic rush—buying schools supplies, donating needed items to local schools, making sure you have properly registered your child and getting enough uniforms to ensure you are not washing everyday. But for some mothers this frantic season is compounded when they are trying to flee from harm and find refuge for themselves and their children. Domestic violence abuse makes up over half of the violent crimes in Memphis and just last year over 50,000 of the 911 calls were for domestic violence.”
-Lori Spicer Robertson, Chief Communications & Engagement Officer,
United Way of the Mid-South