The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 18, 2012

Maurice’s donates coats to women’s shelter

More than 100 collected


— Maurice’s in the Fayette Town Center collected over 100 coats that were donated to the Women’s Resource Center, a private, non-profit agency that provides temporary shelter, counseling, advocacy and supportive services for victims, survivors, and witnesses of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Always encouraged by corporate headquarters to get involved in the local community, Maurice’s does a variety of projects, known as hometown pride events, through the year to benefit agencies and charities who make a difference in the community.

“We haven’t held a coat drive since right after the store opened, “ says Rachel Hayhurst, Maurice’s store manager, “and we know what a need there is in our area for women and children’s clothing, especially warm coats this time of year. ... We ended up with over 100 new and gently used coats to donate.”

Last year, Women’s Resource Center provided services to over 3,000 victims of domestic and sexual violence in Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas and Summers counties.

“Victims coming to the shelter are in a critical situation and usually arrive with only the clothes on their backs. That’s why donations like these coats are so important. Not only will they be given to women and children staying at the shelter, but WRC (Women’s Resource Center) provides needed items to current and former clients, not residing at the shelter, who are in need,” explains Dee Sizemore, public relations and fundraising development coordinator for WRC.

“We were so surprised and appreciative when Maurice’s staff called and told us of the success of their coat drive.”

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available. Call the Women’s Resource Center at 304-255-2559 or visit the website at www.wrcwv.org. If you are a current or former client of Women’s Resource Center and are in need of a woman or child’s coat, please call us.