Members of the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library have paired up with the Greene County Middle Way House to help provide personal and household items for those in need.
October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, which is what sparked the Bloomfield Public Library to begin helping the Middle Way House, which provides help to victims of both domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The cause presents a way for those who may have late fees at the Bloomfield Public Library to eliminate them. For each donated item, the library will eliminate $1 of late fees up to $15.
"Donating would be a great way to allow our patrons to get their fines cleared off while helping those involved with the Middle Way House," commented Tasha Hudson, employee at the Bloomfield Public Library.
Each year, Middle Way Houses in Greene County along with others across the nation help thousands of people. They provide shelter for women and children in danger, hosting various support groups, and have legal advocates who can help with many legal issues, among many other services.
Items that are requested for donation are towels and washcloths, boxes of facial tissue and pocket packs of tissue, glasses and plastic cups, flatware (spoons and forks), kitchen utensils (can openers, knives, cooking spoons, measuring cups/spoons), dish brushes, sponges, scrubbies, liquid dish soap, tall kitchen trash bags, quart and gallon size Ziplock bags, hair brushes and combs, shampoo and conditioner, hair products (spray, gel, mousse, etc.), boxes of cake mix and brownie mix, cans of frosting, bags of sugar, macaroni and cheese, cans of Spaghetti-O's, Ravioli, etc., Jiffy muffin mix, and other snack items.
This is the first year that the Bloomfield Public Library has tried raising items for this cause, according to Hudson. She noted the library would appreciate any help they can get as the cause has not been very successful so far.
Items can be dropped off at the Bloomfield Public Library now through Oct. 31. Donations should be unexpired, new, and unopened.
Any questions about this cause can be directed to the Bloomfield Public Library at 384-4125.