Congresswomen Napolitano and Chu Join Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park To Celebrate Successful 14th Annual Domestic Violence Collection Drive
(BALDWIN PARK, CA) Today, Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center held a press conference to announce the results of the 14th Annual Domestic Violence Collection Drive. Dozens of boxes of toiletries, school supplies, and other items were collected during the month-long drive in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and will be distributed to victims at shelters and organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley, including House of Ruth, Women’s & Children Crisis Center, and YWCA-WINGS San Gabriel Valley.
“We are so grateful to all who dedicated time and resources to raise awareness, or donated items for women and children in need,” said Rep. Napolitano. “These acts of compassion and generosity are so meaningful for many who are still recovering. Beyond physical harm and immediate threats to health, domestic violence can cause emotional and psychological wounds. We must continue to ensure mental health services are readily available at shelters for mothers and their children. I am proud to continue fighting to end domestic violence in our communities alongside Congresswoman Chu and all of the wonderful people at Kaiser.”
“For the past 14 years, this Domestic Violence Drive has been one of the highlights of my year because it highlights what is best about our community,” said Rep. Chu. “Each year during this drive, I see a community coming together to care for those who have been through the worst. I see compassion in the donations of clothes and supplies. And I see hope that, even if just a day at a time, things can get better. I’m so proud to continue hosting this drive with my friend, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. And I’m so proud to represent a district that does so much – from donating clothes to running shelters – to help survivors of domestic violence get and stay on their feet.”
“This is our 14th year that we are hosting the necessities drive. We truly believe in increasing awareness around violence within our communities, especially since family violence is a cycle that affects thousands of victims and their families each year,” said Maggie Pierce, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. “As a healthcare provider, we see first-hand the physical and emotional impacts that violence and abuse brings upon its victims. In addition to bringing awareness to domestic violence, this collection campaign enables others to donate critical resources to empower the victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives. The wonderful shelters that we partner with give them shelter and transitional housing, but often resources are scarce. We thank everyone who donated items to help these survivors and their families take the first steps to empowerment.”
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