Inspired by an article by Regina Brett, the NH Women in Business group is reaching out to help rape victims. Many people don’t realize that nearly every article of clothing worn by a victim in the emergency room is taken for evidence. They are usually sent home in used clothing hospital workers find for them in the hospital. As Brett wrote, “Let’s give every victim of sexual assault a fresh start”.
That’s where we come in. The NHCOC Women in Business group is collecting new clothing for The Caring Closet Project. Victims, male and female, age 14 to 80, are in need of underwear, t-shirts (long and short-sleeved), sweat shirts, sweat pants, and socks. Dark colors are preferred. Do you have new clothing in your closet that you never wore – and never will? How about that shirt Aunt Bess bought you for Christmas? It doesn’t fit and you have no idea where she bought it. And the t-shirt you won in that raffle? Wrong size? We want it!
We are accepting donations in the Chamber office (159 E. Aurora, Northfield) and at Women in Business meetings each Tuesday, 9 AM at Chick-fil-A Macedonia. Cash is appreciated but checks should be made out to the NHCOC with “SANE Program” (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) or “Caring Clothes Project” written on the memo line.
All clothing donations will be distributed to area hospitals that have SANE programs in need of “closet” items. Cash donations will be used to purchase necessary items. Let’s all “give back” and allow these victims to leave the hospital with dignity, with their heads held high and with a fresh start.
For more information, call the Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce at
330-467-8956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.