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  • Student's Spring Cleaning Inspires Fort Worth Campus Clothing Drive for Safe Haven of Tarrant County

    Contributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus Librarian

    Remington College - Fort Worth Dental Assisting student Shaketa Ward had just finished her family's spring cleaning and wanted to donate the items she had accumulated to benefit single mothers and their children.

    She, along with Campus Librarian Joy Cornwell, found a worthy donation center at the Berry Good Buys thrift store, located in southwest Fort Worth and operated by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

    Formed in 2006, SafeHaven works to change the lives of women and children affected by domestic violence every day. SafeHaven's two emergency shelters, one in Arlington and one in Fort Worth, accommodate a combined 174 women and children, making SafeHaven of Tarrant County one of the largest shelters in Texas. SafeHaven's mission is "to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change."

    The organization's Berry Good Buys store carries gently used clothing, furniture, and household items that are donated by the community and resold at bargain prices. Funds generated from the store directly benefit programs for domestic violence victims.

    Our Fort Worth Campus announced a week-long event from February 28 to March 4, 2011, during which students and employees could donate items to this cause. Ms.Ward, along with several other students, instructors, and staff members, collected items through the week, which were dropped off at the Berry Good Buys store on Saturday, March 5.

    Here's the final total of items donated:

    • 412 pieces of boys and girls clothing
    • 116 adult clothes
    • 9 winter coats
    • 49 toiletry items
    • 34 smaller items of clothing (mostly pairs of socks)
    • 17 purses
    • 19 items such as toys, books, etc.
    • 2 pairs of shoes

    Store Manager Danna Wall was very thankful for the donation. "I can't thank you enough for what you're doing," said Ms. Wall.