On Sunday, December 16, a group of volunteers participated in Carry On!, a grassroots campaign to provide personal care and comfort items to women in YWCA Mohawk Valley’s (YWCA MV) domestic violence shelters.
Carry On! started during the holiday season when two friends, now founders of the cause, sought a meaningful way to cut down on their abundance of tote bags. Ann Rushlo and Jennifer Krohn seek to make Carry On! an annual holiday drive and hope to see more people participating in years to come.
This year, Carry On! participants packed 100 bags, doubling their contribution from last year. The tote bags contained personal care items including soaps, tissues, and shower caps, and comfort items like chapstick, stress balls, pens, and a journal.
Many of the comfort and care items were donated from other organizations throughout the area, including MVP Health Care and Empower Federal Credit Union. The Oneida County District Attorney’s office also contributed to the cause by donating bags to pack.
The bags will be dispersed to the individuals and families in housing programs operated by YWCA MV, benefiting those in emergency shelter, safe housing, and transitional programs.