In an effort to assist those who have found themselves in a difficult situation, the Highland County Prosecutor’s Victim/Witness Office is distributing collected clothing items to local emergency rooms.
The office, through a campaign known as Sweats for Survivors, has been collecting men’s and women’s clothing items to outfit those “in the middle of a domestic violence situation, sexual abuse situation, or an unexpected family tragedy” who are rushed away from their homes with only the clothes on their backs.
“Unfortunately, these scenarios play themselves out all too often in Highland County,” the office said previously. The campaign is meant “to provide clean, fresh garments for those being uprooted from their life and at the same time let these victims know that Highland County cares.”
The campaign was launched in June and the office collected clothing and money donations through August.
According to Somer Williams, outreach coordinator and advocate with the Victim/Witness Office, about 16 outfits of varying sizes have been collected. Two plastic tubs bearing eight outfits each are headed to the Highland District Hospital’s emergency room and to the emergency room at Adena Greenfield Medical Center, she said.
“Thank you to everyone that has donated already,” Jessica Kemper, juvenile court advocate with the office, and Williams said this week, adding that the clothing items will surely be at least a small point of comfort for those receiving them.
Williams said the office will continue to take donations of new T-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants and athletic pants (like yoga pants or leggings). The office is asking that sizes range from small to 4XL for both men and women. Money to purchase the items is also accepted.
Donations can be dropped off at the Victim/Witness Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is located at 114 Gov. Foraker Place in Hillsboro. Questions should be directed to Kemper or Williams with the Victim Witness Office at 937-393-5872.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.