HAVEN in Lee County is often the first place women and families go when they are trying to escape abusive relationships or domestic situations. Unfortunately, our nation’s shaky economy makes it even harder for HAVEN to provide shelter, clothing, and other support to families in need.
To make it a little easier, the Central Carolina Jaycees ran “Hearts 4 HAVEN,” a drive to collect paper and household goods that the group could use to better support their clients. Paper and household goods are perfect for HAVEN because they run out quickly and they can always be put to use. For our drive, we asked for items like paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, trash bags, feminine supplies, toiletries like shampoo and toothpaste, laundry supplies, and dish washing liquid.
Despite rampant job losses and a crumbling economy, the Sanford community — as usual — pulled together to make this project a success.
Sixth graders at San-Lee Middle School, members of the Good News Baptist Church, and employees at the City of Sanford, along with shoppers at Lowe’s Foods and the Northview Food Lion, joined together to help us donate more than $150 worth of paper goods to the group.