Laurel Library Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness and Donation Campaign

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) – The Laurel-Jones County Library is partnering with the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter of Laurel to raise awareness about violence and human trafficking in Mississippi.

The library is hosting a speaker event and fundraiser on July 14. Deputy Priscilla Pitts of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office will speak at the event at 6 p.m.

Event organizer Jessica Clark said the event would help the community.

“Raising awareness of the signs of domestic violence, and even human trafficking, and having resources available is one way for us to really help our community raise awareness,” Clark said. “Domestic violence is one of those issues that really affects everyone in some way. It’s not something that’s relegated to a particular class or a particular group.

The library will also organize a collection of donations for victims of violence staying at the family shelter for domestic violence.

Shelter worker Jason Niblett said he was looking for items such as hygiene products, bedding, towels and other supplies.

“All of our services are free,” Niblett said. “When you think of something you use every day, multiply that by a shelter full of people because our shelters at the moment are full. Usually in the summer it goes down a bit, but it doesn’t. this year, we get calls all the time for people who need our help.

Items for fundraising can be dropped off at the library from July 14 to July 22 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Supply lists for needed items can be found on the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter website.

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