This week, the community is invited to help a local school and nonprofit organization fill an entire vehicle with supplies for a good cause.
From 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Forsyth County Family Haven and students of Lakeside Middle School will team up for Fill the Van, a drive to collect items for victims of domestic violence. The event will be held at the Family Haven’s Thrift Store at 598 Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
“What we’re doing is gathering supplies as well as canned goods for our shelter for Forsyth County Family Haven,” said Qutinette Dansby, with Family Haven. “It’s supplies that we are going to use for the shelter and for our outreach clients as well. So, victims of domestic violence and their children, that’s who these supplies will be going to.”
Students will be on hand to help unload vehicles full of supplies.
“It’s going to be like a drive-thru almost,” she said. “We’re going to have the teenagers assist in taking the items, so we’re going to have them kind of like an assembly line they’re going to be forming to make the process as smooth as possible.”
The supplies will be gathered for those who have been victims of domestic violence. Dansby said the organization is looking for toiletries and canned food.
“We have a supply list, but [toiletries] like toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, paper towels, cleaning supplies, things that we commonly use at the shelter, pillows and things like that are the things we’re collecting,” Dansby said, “as well as canned goods that we are going to replenish our pantry with.”
Dansby said most in the community know about Family Haven’s shelter for victims of domestic violence but the organization has several other offerings including a teen safety program — which provides red flags regarding teen dating violence — and legal advocacy, which can help victims get temporary protective orders.
“Besides our domestic violence shelter, we have outreach services and they entail our support groups that we have on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Spanish-speaking and English-speaking victims of domestic violence,” she said. “We also have a therapist that assists victims of domestic violence and their children.”