The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 10, 2012

Baskets of Hope sought for shelters

BECKLEY — The Women’s Business Center is preparing Baskets of Hope for women who find themselves making the courageous decision to leave a home of domestic violence.

Baskets will be delivered to domestic violence shelters covering Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers, Webster and Wyoming counties in mid-December.

During the holiday season and the winter months many women find themselves at a shelter with only what they could carry. Many organizations take care of the children at the shelter. Over the last three years the Wo-men’s Business & Training Center and WISE, along with the generous donations of Walmart and individuals, businesses, colleges and other organizations across the region, have been able to provide a little hope to these brave women and mothers.

More than 4.8 million women a year in the United States suffer a domestic violence-related injury. The need constantly grows‚ and shelters in southern West Virginia are at capacity. This year more than 250 baskets are needed to meet the need of the shelters.

Baskets are full of personal necessities many people take for granted, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, a brush, a one-size-fits-all nightgown/pajamas, chocolate, flameless candles, flashlight, socks, lotion, bed pillow, other special items you think of and a card with a special message from you.

Challenge your family, church ladies circle, friends, co-workers, even your employer to make a basket or to donate funds — WBC will make the baskets.

All baskets should be in the WBC office by Dec. 7.

For more information, call Tara or Karen at 304-253-3145 or visit www. westvirginiawbc.org.

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