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Women's Center starts clothing drive for domestic violence project

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Get an early start on your annual New Year's resolution to organize your home or your life by cleaning out your closets now. Volunteers at the Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will be collecting clothing for women and children staying at the Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) shelter now through Dec. 19.

Donations may be dropped off at the Women's Center, 130 N. Madison, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For college students heading home, volunteers also will be collecting clothing donations from Jan. 19-25, 1998.

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program provides direct services and support to victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis line, advocacy, counseling and safe shelter. The shelter provides help to 500-600 women and children each year. "The shelter currently needs clothing for women and children, especially children's snowsuits and boy's clothing," said Ann Heitman, WRAC volunteer. "As we enter the winter months, it is particularly important that the DVIP shelter have appropriate clothing for residents who may find themselves unexpectedly separated from their own belongings."

For more information, call the Women's Center, (319) 335-1486.