Drive organized for Laurel House
Fall at Colonial Middle School seems to be the season of community contribution. Students will participate in the Colonial Neighborhood Council Food Drive throughout November, Links for Pink, EHnHfitLnJ EUHDVt FDnFHU, throughout October and, most recently, the Laurel House Sock and Underwear Drive.
The Laurel House is D nRnSURfit organization that offers a place to stay for victims of domestic violence across Montgomery County. It is funded via two thrift shops, Marian’s Attic in King of Prussia and Laurel’s Loft in Lansdale. The shelter provides medical and legal assistance, support groups, community counseling, violence-prevention efforts and many other programs to those it serves.
In honor of Rachel Engle, a previous Colonial Education Association member, the Laurel House Sock and Underwear Drive will take place. Domestic violence led to her, as well as her toddler, 3-year-old Troy Engle’s death in 2009. Rachel’s mother, Sue Gamza of Colonial Middle School, has since been an avid supporter of the Laurel House shelter. She and her husband, Ron Gamza, are president and vice president of the Rachel and Troy Foundation. The foundation’s purpose is to help agencies, such as the Laurel House, that educate, support and care for those who are the victims of abuse.
Eighth-grade AVID students at CMS have organized this donation drive and have done much to advertise the event through multiple different media. To-be artists have spread the word with colorful posters hung throughout school hallways, while others have arranged morning homeroom collections. Additionally, they have produced newspaper articles, such as the one which you are currently reading, and a video that will be presented during the school’s morning news/announcements show, CMSN. These promotional advertisements will hopefully bring more attention to the Laurel House and the essential service it provides to the community.
As for the donation drive, new, unused, packaged underwear and socks for women and children of all shapes and sizes are needed. Furthermore, the Laurel House is in need of diapers, baby formula, baby food, coats, scarves, hats and gloves. These unfortunate people escape their situations whenever they can; they can’t afford to miss any opportunities. Therefore, they may, and likely are, unprepared for life once they leave. Most who arrive at the shelter come only with the shirts on their backs, and so it is essential to offer them new supplies. Donations should be dropped off at Colonial Middle School addressed to Suzanne Slattery or Chris Feiler.