Moscow Members Fill Totes for Victims

November 05, 2018 | Natashia McVay

This spring the Moscow (Idaho) Church had an adopt-a-tote drive to fill homemade, reversible tote bags with personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash and deodorant.

The bags were made by a church member and were filled with personal necessities specific to women in the area. Church members volunteered to fill the bags and bring them to the church. From there the very full 25 bags were taken to Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP). ATVP provides assistance to victims of domestic violence in Whitman County in Washington and Latah County in Idaho.

According to Karina Tamayo, domestic violence prevention educator and advocate, "The bags are so fantastic. Clients … are so grateful. The items in them are all things they could use and perhaps also items they did not realize they need. Our clients are also very excited about the bag itself as well.”

The church embraced this project with great enthusiasm, and the members were glad to be part of helping the local community.