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The Times
  • Domestic Violence Program schedules clothing drive

  • Women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence often leave with just the clothes on the back.

    This is the message from the Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County, who hope to draw attention to the issue and help victims through a new drive starting later this week.

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  • Women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence often leave with just the clothes on the back.
    This is the message from the Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County, who hope to draw attention to the issue and help victims through a new drive starting later this week.
    Kathryn Falk, program advocate, said they will collect new bras, underwear and socks for women, and new underwear and socks for boys and girls.
    “It is the first time we are going to be doing this and we’re very excited about it,” said Falk during a telephone interview on Monday.
    Falk said the shelter often sees women and children who have nothing else to wear.
    “Lots of times with people who come into the shelter, we have clothing donations, but we never have undergarments to give them to wear,” she said.
    According to the informational flyer handed out about the even, the drive will strive to “empower women — one bra at a time.”
    Drop boxes will be located throughout the month at the following locations:
    • Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, 61 West St., Ilion.
    • Country Manor, 4338 State Route 28, Herkimer.
    • Cuts and Colors Hair Salon, 402 Mohawk St., Herkimer.
    • Hair Designs by Kathy, 614 E. Main St., Little Falls.
    • Ilion Free Public Library, 78 West St., Ilion.
    • Kinney’s Drugs, 530 Albany St., Little Falls.
    • Kinney’s Drugs, 55 N. Main St., Dolgeville.
    • Wendy’s Beauty Salon, 100 Morgan St., Ilion.
    Falk said the boxes will be dropped off at the locations on Thursday and they will be there for the entire month of October.
    Falk said the number of those seeking shelter varies.
    “It’s such a tremendous help, and they really do appreciate it,” she said.
    Since October is Domestic Violence awareness month, several other events will take place throughout the county to draw attention to the problem. There will be a spaghetti dinner at the Ilion Elks Lodge on Oct. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Clothesline Project — a display of T-shirts made by abused women and children — will also be on display. Plus, there will be a Health Care Day at Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer.
    According to its website, the local domestic violence program “offers crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Services include safe, temporary shelter for battered women and children; supportive counseling; support; accompaniment and advocacy through legal, medical, housing and social services systems.”
    They also provide support group activities, information and referral. Community education and professional training programs are also offered. The program’s 24-hour hotline is 866-0458.
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