Ashfield businesses and residents are being urged to back a new project to help women and children who have fled domestic violence situations.
The initiative involves people filling a shoebox with essential items that will be donated to women who have fled abusive homes and did not have the chance to take many possessions with them.
The brainchild of Ashfield District Council’s domestic violence prevention officer, Katie Ellis, contributions have already been made by a number of local organisations and individuals.
Currently, 60 boxes have been filled - some tailored to suit children with contents including toys, books and blankets, while others are designed for women, containing shampoo, body wash, hairbrushes, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Katie said: “Many thanks go to all those who have supported this cause so far, their contributions are much appreciated.
“It would be wonderful if we could get more people involved and more boxes filled as a result.”
Anyone who wants to get involved in the project should call Katie on Mansfield 457402 for more details.
“Abuse can include one or a collection of emotional, financial, sexual or physical harm. Escaping from this is essential, but it is never easy. By making these boxes available it means there are a few less things for those affected to have to sort out,” she added.