A Raymondville church is sponsoring a towel drive to assist a domestic and sexual violence shelter that serves eight counties, including Texas.

Raymondville First United Methodist Church is holding a towel drive Saturday, May 26, to benefit Christos House, which is a domestic and sexual violence shelter serving eight counties in Missouri, including Texas County.

The event is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the upper pavilion in Emmett Kelly Park.

Women and children are able to stay in a safe place while rebuilding their lives after enduring violence in the home. Women and children often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Each woman receives two towels, two hand towels and two washcloths—extra is added per child. These towels are theirs while in shelter and when they leave to begin a new life.

In one month, the shelter uses about 80 towels.

Although this is a towel drive, any donations given are appreciated. Christos House provides not only shelter, but also case management, counseling, life skills, support groups, presentations, hospital and court advocacy, and more to help survivors heal and rebuild.

The organization says one in four women experiences domestic violence.

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