Student-led Group Donates to Victims of Domestic Violence

WMU-Cooley Law School student Lori Mitton stands beside a donation bin for the YWCA of West Central Michigan. Mitton led the effort to collect necessities for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

A donation drive at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus is helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence. WMU-Cooley student Lori Mitton began a donation campaign for the YWCA of West Central Michigan in early December, placing a decorated box in the school lobby along with a sign requesting the most needed items. They included shampoo and conditioner, underwear, socks, sanitary products, diapers and wipes, bath towels, bedding, mattress pads, and silverware.

During the two-week campaign, Mitton helped collect dozens of items for the YWCA and also several toys for children at the shelter. The items were delivered Monday, Dec. 21.

"The holidays can be a difficult time for victims of domestic violence, especially when they’re displaced from their homes," said Mitton. "By providing basic necessities like toiletries, bedding, or a small gift, I hope we’re working to make the holidays a bit easier and show WMU-Cooley cares."

Mitton hopes to expand YWCA drive next year, starting it the week before Thanksgiving so even more donations are collected.

A stuffed panda bear and other presents gather in the Grand Rapids campus collection bin for the YWCA of West Central Michigan.


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