PITTSBURG — Kara Mishmash, shelter manager with Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. stopped by Pittsburg’s Fire Station #1 on Wednesday to pick up a donation of Thanksgiving food items from the Fire Department.
“We have a charity fund that we each pay $30 a year out of our own pockets to support stuff like this,” said Cody Hobbs, a driver with the Pittsburg Fire Department.
The Fire Department’s charity fund also supports a few other events throughout the year.
“We just try to help out with different organizations,” said Bryan Main, battalion chief with the fire department. “It’s just one of the things we do to give back to the community.”
The food donated will feed about 12 people who are staying at Safehouse’s emergency shelter for Thanksgiving.
“The shelter is an emergency shelter to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking to have a safe place while they’re making arrangements to get protection orders, to go to court, just so that they’re safe while they’re getting things done, and a lot of them are finding other places to live besides with their abuser,” Mishmash said.
“They’ll get all together and as a group kind of make dinner, and then they’ll get to celebrate Thanksgiving together,” she said. “We’re grateful every year to get the donation because we’ve got a handful of clients that are taken away from their home, so we want to bring a little home to them.”
Safehouse Crisis Center also accepts individual donations of a wide variety of items including personal care items, toilet paper, paper towels, and more.
“We take all kinds of donations,” Mishmash said.
Those interested in making a donation to Safehouse can visit www.safehousecrisiscenter.org or call 620-231-8692 for more information.