Shelter in need of donations

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — This holiday season, the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County has a need for warm clothing and coats, as well as a constant need for household goods for people and families starting over again.

According to Barbara Holman, the shelter’s executive director, the shelter has recently been assisting families with children in need of warm clothing, especially babies and toddlers aged newborn to 24 months.

She added that shelter is also in urgent need of bedding (especially twin size sheets), pots and pans, silverware, small appliances, and bath towels — anything a family starting all over in a new apartment with just the clothes on their back might need, Holman said.

“When people come to our shelter they’ve pretty much lost everything, so they’re starting over from scratch,” she said. “We’re always in need of household items to get them moving.”

The shelter is in urgent need of household items now because they are currently helping several families get back on their feet, but these items are need all year round, Holman said.

Holman asked that anyone replacing household items during the holidays consider donating any items in good condition that they no longer need to the shelter.

“It doesn’t have to be new items, gently used is great,” she added. “It might be the perfect time for people to enjoy something new but still help somebody with something that they won’t be using anymore.”

The Miami County community has always been generous with donations of clothing to the shelter, Holman noted, but due to limited storage space, the shelter will only be able to accept seasonally appropriate clothing items from now on.

To help, bring donations to Franklin House at 16 E. Franklin St. The shelter does not accept larger household appliances or furniture, but they work with other organizations to provide those items.

The Family Abuse Shelter is a non-profit providing immediate shelter and assistance to any individuals and families who lack a safe, stable place to live. The shelter provides support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, human trafficking, and homeless individuals and families.

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