WESTBROOK (WGME) – There are hundreds of cases of domestic violence in Maine every year. Often women trying to escape those situations, leave with just the clothes on their backs.
Now a Maine company is trying to help. They are collecting the essentials to help victims get a new start.
This local moving company is delivering more than your furniture this month.
Jenny Stasio, Family Crisis Services, said “It’s busy collecting items like these, for some women who really need them.” she added “Oftentimes victims are isolated and don’t have access to the resources they need.”
These donated items will go to women at the shelter run by Family Crisis Services. It served more than a hundred women last year, trying to escape domestic violence.
“Many people come to us having left, you know, with almost nothing. They’ve just taken what they’ve needed. Some people have gone to a doctors appointment or the hospital and then, not being able to return because of safety concerns.” stated Stasio
The moving company “Two Men and a Truck” is organizing “Movers for Moms.” They’ve put these boxes around at area businesses and schools, and plan to deliver all the items on Mother’s Day.
It’s part of the company’s philosophy of giving back.
Colin Bergeron, Tow Men and a Truck, stated “We have the trucks to do it, we have the boxes, obviously, and we just have the means that we are able to do it.”
Over the next few weeks, they’ll be collecting the essentials. Kayla Edmond, Two Men and a Truck, added “Anything you can think of when you get ready in the morning, from shampoo to towels and toothpaste.” To self-care and spa items that women in crisis may especially appreciate.
Stasio said “Oftentimes the women in our shelter haven’t had the opportunity to purchase things for themselves or to have something nice, they’re focused on what they need in the moment.”
On the move is making a difference for women who may appreciate the gesture, as much as the products.
“I think reminding people that we care about them. That they have value and that we’re their partners, we’re supporting them through this time in their life.” concluded Stasio.