Safe Berks donation

Karen Linder, left, and Amanda Houck, right, both of Performance Toyota of Sinking Spring, with Mindy McIntosh of Safe Berks after the dealership recently delivered 526 new children's items to Safe Berks. The items were collected during the annual Hat, Mitten & Sock Drive at the dealership.

The group also donated $715 to Safe Berks.

Safe Berks recently received a donation from a local auto dealership.

Performance Toyota of Sinking Spring in Lower Heidelberg Township delivered 60 hats, 183 sets of gloves, 230 pairs of socks and 53 scarves. The dealership also collected $715 to donate to Safe Berks.

The items and funds were collected by dealership staff during October as part of the fourth annual Hat, Mitten & Sock Drive. Staff, customers and community members donated items.

"It is a completely humbling experience partnering with Safe Berks, even more so, this year, with the many challenges our community has experienced due to the pandemic," said Amanda Houck, internet director at Performance Toyota. "It was important that we made every effort to ensure the children at Safe Berks have the items they need to stay warm and cozy this winter. We hope these donations will bring them a little bit of comfort during their stay and their months ahead."

Beth Garrigan, Safe Berks CEO, said the donation filled a critical need.

"We are so grateful to Performance Toyota for coordinating this important donation drive for the fourth year in a row," Garrigan said. "This year, as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need this type of generous support from the community more than ever."

Safe Berks provides free services to thousands of local survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, provides shelter to hundreds of adults and children who are fleeing violence in their homes and provides free counseling, legal services, medical advocacy, education and outreach. The Safe Berks 24-hour hotline is 844-789-SAFE (7233) or text the words SAFE BERKS to 20121.

comments powered by Disqus