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Purple Door in serious need of toiletry donations

Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:17:15-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — From women to men, the purple door provides shelter for people who have survived domestic or sexual violence.

But now that nonprofit is struggling to supply the people they help, with everyday personal hygiene items. So, they're turning to the community for help.

“We have some families staying with us who have 2,3,4 children and so what really helps is family size shampoos, conditioner, and body wash,” said Kellie Addison, deputy director at the Purple Door – Corpus Christi. “From when you get up in the morning if you're washing your face, you're putting contacts in or you’re brushing your hair, and everything you would need in the shower.”

Addison says when someone seeks refuge at the Purple Door, most of the time they come empty handed. And simple toiletries are a start to making them feel like they’re in a place they can call home.

“Being able to provide these every day little necessity items allows them to save money and think about things like moving out of our shelter,” said Addison.

Right now, Addison says the shelter is welcoming all donations, preferably in family and bulk sizes. And while the majority of their residents are female, she wants people to remember that males are also among those helped at the Purple Door.

Right now, in our shelter we have 62 people staying and that's a combination of men, women, and children,” said Addison. “About 33 of those are kids, so about half of the people that we serve.”

“If we have a 13 or 14-year-old boy who is staying with mom at our shelter that boy might need deodorant, a razor, men’s body wash.”

If you'd like to help, all donations can be dropped off at the purple door office at 318 Buford St.