Top-up for safe house

Donation drive: Event Saturday for women’s shelter. The Random Acts of Kindness - Salmon Arm Group is at it again.

The Random Acts of Kindness – Salmon Arm Group is at it again.

Last summer the Facebook group, spearheaded by resident Michelle Eddy, jumped to action when they learned of the need at the Shuswap Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Society’s women’s shelter for a variety of items. The community responded, providing Eddy with a truck-full of articles for the shelter.

Eddy is back with her big blue truck for the Spring Top-up for SAFE, which will be parked in the Save-On-Foods parking lot on Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Articles the shelter is in need of include: toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towel, HE laundry detergent, snacks and items for children’s lunches, conditioner – not shampoo, sanitizer, journals and diaries for the women to write in,  baggies, garbage bags and tampons.

Eddy said that while residents donate to the SAFE society on their own, “people really love the impact of coming together…”

Last summer it took six people to unload her truck, which was packed to the brim.

“The women’s shelter and SAFE Society is really close to my heart for personal reasons…,” Eddy says. “I had been in a very similar situation many years ago, I really empathize with going through the transition of leaving a situation with domestic violence behind, it can be very hard, especially when you have children… It’s good not to have to worry about the basics and incidentals.”