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Women's Shelter Collection Expands Beyond Socks

Posted at: 12/28/2012 6:54 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- For three years now the Rochester Clinic has raised socks for the families at the Women's Shelter. But this year they were able to raise much more.

With their arms full workers at the Rochester Clinic packed up donations for women and children in need.

"Sometimes they leave with the clothes on their back," said Elaine Drescher.

Drecsher says with the shelter at capacity those donations are much needed.

"We provide them with socks, underwear, and we feed them," said Drescher.

The Rochester Clinic started helping out the Women's Shelter three years ago with their annual sock drive.

"We basically wanted to collect socks to keep people's feet warm," said office manager Mei Liu.

But their patients wanted to donate more.

"They greatly appreciate the opportunity to donate items more than socks, so this year we have been collecting a lot of items, shampoos, infants clothing, and quilts," said Liu.

Each year they have seen more and more donations.

"They are just so grateful that hopefully people can use those items, so many people look forward to this opportunity," said Liu.

The Women's Shelter says they see a rise in the amount of help needed during the holidays. These donations could not come at a better time.

"It does mean a lot, sometimes they come with absolutely nothing so the donations we get from the community go to help them feel at home," said Liu.

The Women's Shelter said as of now they are at capacity and they are currently trying to expand.