Greenhill Hosts Clothing Drive for Genesis Women’s Shelter

Yichen Shi

A clothing drive was hosted on Greenhill’s campus from Feb. 27 to Mar. 10 by the Genesis Teen Auxiliary group, a department under The Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support center.

The Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Center is an organization devoted to providing a safe environment for women and children who live in abusive environments.

This clothing drive is organized by sophomore Daniela Hallack and junior Riya Kommineni, members of the fund development board for Students Tackling Abusive Relationships. According to Kommineni, the board is “a teenage high school focus group.”

“We should not accept a world where women don’t feel safe in their own homes,” according to the center’s website.

The Genesis Teen Auxiliary group is the volunteering department. Normally, people join auxiliary groups to help Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. There are five main subsets under the auxiliary groups, Genesis Alliance, Genesis Young Leaders, Genesis Heros, Star and Madrinas.

This “spring clothing clean-out initiative” encourages the donation of gently used children’s clothes, woman’s clothes and toys. All benefits are given to the Genesis Benefit Thrift store.

“That’s why we ask for adult women’s clothes, children’s clothes and toys,” Kommineni said. “[Be]cause those are the things you need at a women’s shelter.”

Clothing in the Genesis Thrift Store goes down one of two paths. First, women who escaped domestic violence can shop in the store for free and pick out clothes needed for their unique situation.

“… this thrift store gives [women and children] a chance to create a new wardrobe, which is essential to a safe and comfortable life.” Hallack said.

Second, people who do not live in Genesis can come in and buy clothes.

Collection bins for this drive have been put outside of the Middle School Rotunda, Upper School North Service Office and Upper School South Office.

“We can end domestic violence. Join us,” according to the center’s website.