Kelso emergency shelter low on nonperishable items

2010-03-19T12:30:00Z Kelso emergency shelter low on nonperishable itemsBy The Daily News Longview Daily News
March 19, 2010 12:30 pm  • 

With demand increasing and supplies dwindling, the pantry shelves at the Emergency Support Shelter in Kelso need restocking.

Sherrie Tinoco, the shelter's executive director, said that the organization is seeking the community's help to replace nonperishable items.

"Most of the families who come here have few or no possessions or resources. Many come in with only the clothes they are wearing," she noted in a press release.

Cowlitz County's domestic violence shelter has of 36 beds and has been operating at near full capacity, according to Tinoco. She said the crunch is a reflection of the financial and emotional stress many families are experiencing due to the economic recession.

The most needed foods and personal care items are macaroni and cheese, Top Ramen, spaghetti, tuna fish, peanut butter, Hamburger Helper, sugar, flour, oil, mayonnaise, ketchup, cheese, Windex, laundry soap, dish soap, dishwasher soap, bleach, diapers and baby wipes.

Since 1979 the Emergency Support Shelter has been assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2009, the shelter served 2,045 people, providing 11,112 nights of shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Food or money donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 304 Cowlitz Way in Kelso. For more information, call (360) 425-1176.

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  1. labloverz
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    labloverz - March 19, 2010 4:11 pm
    I look at it this way one way or another persons that work or worked will pay. today when I go shopping I will pick up a few of the requested things. I actually feel better about it I don't much trust others judgement for being practical anymore or earth friendly. *shrug*
    Plus the people that work there will end up on the short stick If I know working people still they'll do without.
  2. Just The Tip
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    Just The Tip - March 20, 2010 4:43 pm
    I am sure these people have good intentions and do good work. But I must ask whay some of these wonem/families are in the shelter for months and months? What exactly constitutes an "emergency"? And why should this "emergency" last for so long? Perhaps they should remove the word from their title. It is a bit misleading....
  3. tomandme
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    tomandme - March 20, 2010 6:51 pm
    I really can't understand how a nonprofit can say they are short on anything; the Federal Government allows over $100-$150 to an agency assisting victims and family members, each and every member. Where does all the money go? Where is all the grant money and all the aid money?
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