Charity helps families dealing with domestic violence

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – For the price of a lunch or dinner, the Young Women’s Christian Association gave away a hand-made clay bowl, to support families dealing with domestic violence.

Local potters donated nearly 1,400 bowls for this year’s Clay Bowl Giving Project. In addition to the bowls, the children from the emergency shelter also made artwork for people to buy.

Proceeds for the event help fund the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.

Program coordinator Jasmine Dowd said the event brings to light domestic violence within the community.

“Right now, we have 19 people in our shelter. These are people in our community, so I think it really does reinforce that this isn’t something that happens on TV. This happens right here,” said Dowd.

This year marks the 13th year for the event. Dowd said without the community’s donations, they would have trouble running the shelter.

“We have a 24-bed operation. It’s open all of the time, no matter what. Every dollar really does count, so we really want to make sure that it’s big this year,” said Dowd.

In addition to the bowls, the children from the emergency shelter also made artwork for people to buy.

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