RYE, N.Y. -- More than 50 Rye Y members of all ages gathered at the Rye Free Reading Room on Sunday, March 15, to create care packages for My Sisters’ Place, a White Plains-based nonprofit that serves women, children and men affected by domestic violence and human trafficking.
By the end of the afternoon, the Y volunteers had filled 92 bags with baby supplies such as diapers, ointment, powder and Vaseline and toiletries for women, including shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and other personal-care items. All items were donated by Rye Y members. Children also created colorful cards with messages of hope that were inserted into the bags. Many of the bags will go to women and their children living in domestic-violence shelters run by My Sisters’ Place.
“Working with partners like the Rye Y makes all the difference in the world for our clients and their children," said Cheryl Greenberg, director of development for My Sisters' Place. "Their messages of hope and support brighten the journey as our families work to establish a new life free from abuse.”
Since its formation in May 2014, the Rye Y Togetherhood Committee has organized two other projects: The first, held in August, brought a group of YMCA members to the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx to paint the halls and stairwells of a small school that serves low-income families. The second project, in November, included a children’s clothing drive and a day of service at The Sharing Shelf in Port Chester.
“Feeling safe is something many families take for granted,” said Nicole Ball, a co-chair of the project. “Unfortunately, too many others must fear for their safety within their own homes. Making care packages for women and children at My Sisters' Place is a small but important way for us to help neighbors in need and build a compassionate community -- a place where isolation is replaced with a sense of togetherness.”
To get involved or for more information, contact Denise Woodin at 914-967-6363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about My Sisters’ Place, visit www.mspny.org .