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When Brandy Morris heard that The Haven day shelter in downtown Charlottesville had difficulty meeting the demand for menstrual products among their guests, she knew she had to do something.
“These women are already going through so much, really struggling. To not even have their basic needs met for modesty, comfort, and cleanliness just broke my heart,” she said.
So, she put out a call to action within her spiritual community: “Please, help me get these women the care products they desperately need.”
Brandy serves as both the High Priestess and President of the Coven of the Appalachian Mountains., as well as an ordained minister recognized by the state of Virginia.
The Coven of the Appalachian Mountains, or CAM, is a federally recognized 501c3 religious nonprofit based in Dyke, Virginia. They function as a safe community for people of all faiths to gather, respectfully discuss ideas and beliefs, and work towards achieving religious understanding and equality.
“It was really heartwarming to see people come together like they did, and so quickly, too. We were receiving shipments almost immediately,” Brandy says of the outpouring of support.
She’s also quick to point out that they are not done. “This is just the beginning. We are a very new organization. We’re just getting our feet under us. But building relationships within the communities we live and work is our top priority, right now. We want people to know we are here, we see you, and we want to help.”
There are numerous ways people can get involved. Remotely, monetary donations can be made via PayPal or donors can purchase items from the Amazon Wishlist, both of which can be found on the Coven’s website. Alternatively, donations may be dropped off in person at The Haven during business hours or at any CAM-hosted events.
If you or someone you know are facing homelessness, you are encouraged to reach out to The Haven for assistance. They are currently operating under their winter hours of Monday - Sunday, 6:30 am - 12 noon, and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
For more information:
Coven of the Appalachian Mountains
112 West Market St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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