Community Abuse Prevention Service Agency (CAPSA) has been a safe haven for about 450 people who suffer from domestic violence every year, said Tracy Hernandez, CAPSA’s operation and marketing director, and with minimal federal and state grants the agency relies heavily on community members’ helping hands to remain a functioning organization. Two USU Ph.D. students studying family and human development, Krista Gurko and Sarah Tulane, have organized an event to reach out to those affected by domestic abuse, especially children, by encouraging students and community members to donate cleaning and hygiene products. The Clean Drive: Incredible Inedibles will start Nov. 9 and end Nov. 22. Donations can be made in designated boxes located throughout campus, one found in the basement of the Taggart Student Center (TSC).”We figured a lot of the stuff they are getting is food this time of year. We wanted to do something that would impact past the holidays,” Tulane said. Gurko said she is new at USU and has since been inspired by others’ service on campus to reach out to those in need. She said she hopes what is accumulated over the two-week period will help those at CAPSA have a more enjoyable holiday without the stresses of not having a napkin to wipe their hands on from their Thanksgiving dinner or paper plates to store the leftovers on. The items donated to CAPSA will not only help the families while they are living in CAPSA’s facilities, they will be able to take the items along when they leave.CAPSA is always excited to receive donations, whether it be food, clothing or products The Clean Drive will provide, Hernandez said. She said CAPSA receives minimal grants, $6,000 a year for food when they must serve 26,000 meals.”Basically, we rely heavily on donations, even for the infrastructure of our building. Federal funds pay for the bulk of salaries and doesn’t pay for building repairs, for the lights to stay on or heat,” Hernandez said.
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