JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown high school student is giving back to the community.
High School freshman Aquila Becker, who is currently attending school remotely, donated hundreds of items to The Anew Center that she collected from the community.
The center provides free confidential services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include a 13-bed shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, case management, prevention education, a children and family outreach program, and advocacy.
“I know that domestic violence has been rising. My mom is going to school and would like to work in the field and we just decided that donating to The ANEW Center would be a really nice thing to do,” said Becker. “I started out painting pictures and selling them to donate the money but then we decided that asking for donations the ANEW Center needs would be a great way to help.”
“I’m lucky, I have everything that I need but I know not everyone has that so I felt like I needed to step up and help,” furthered Becker. “My mom and I were overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received. We got everything we asked for, and more.”
Donations from Facebook, Jamestown Advanced Products, A-1 Auto Service, JHS, Persell Middle School and family and friends included: Laundry baskets or larger plastic baskets, towels, hair ties, brushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, dish soap, hand soap, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies (wipes, glass cleaner, sponges, mops, brooms), activity books & activity kits and new or gently used children’s books and stuffed toys.
The center’s Shelter Manager Kristina Near says the year has been challenging for her group and they truly appreciate the donations.