WESTPORT — For the coming month, the Westport police’s Domestic Violence Task Force will collect supplies for the two domestic violence crisis center safe houses used by area residents.
Supplies will be collected from Monday through Aug. 16.
The two safe houses ensure the safety of residents and helps them be prepared for a self-reliant life after the leave the safe house.
“Whether for a few days or a few weeks, DVCC residences offer a safe haven in which to get help, heal and take the next steps,” said police Lt. Jillian Cabana, the co-chair of the department’s task force.
Other then providing a confidential shelter for victims of intimate partner violence, it also provides food, clothing and personal items.
The safe houses are looking for donations of new or unused twin and twin XL sheets, leggings and T-shirts size X-Small to X-X-Large. They’re also looking for gently used — working condition — luggage.
“In addition to the above mentioned items, the WDVTF wishes to ensure the children staying in the safe houses are prepared for the start of the new school year,” Cabana said.
For this, the houses are looking for donations of backpacks and school supplies.
Donations can be dropped off in collections bins that can be found in the Westport Police Department lobby, the Unitarian Church, Westport Human Services Department, Westport Fire Department and the Westport Weston Family YMCA.
Donations will be collected from the drop-off locations the morning on Aug. 16.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, help can be reached via the 24 hour hotline, 1-888-774-2900 and additional information can be found on the DVCC website, www.dvccct.org
For more information on Westport Domestic Violence Task Force initiatives, please check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Westport-Domestic-Violence-Task-Force-1550811978272839/.