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Assistance League gives kits to assault survivors

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Assistance League member volunteers in 51 chapters across the United States provide assistance to victims of assault and rape through the Assault Survivor Kits philanthropic program.

Clothing and personal hygiene kits are provided to the survivors of sexual assault. Assistance League volunteers work quietly behind the scenes to give an extra measure of comfort to victims who were brave enough to report and go to the hospital to provide evidence of their assault. The victims were required to relinquish all of their clothing at the hospital. They were sent home with whatever clothing could be found, such as old scrubs.

The program originated in Auburn in 1991, when Lee Ann Greer, an Assistance League member, recognized the need to assist assault victims.

Assistance League of Greater Placer serves Auburn, Colfax, Cook, Foresthill, Georgetown, Granite Bay, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle, Ophir, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, Sheridan and Truckee.

Funds for all programs come from fundraisers, donations, grants and money raised by selling reusable clothing, household items and furniture in the League’s Thrift Shop at 1263 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn.

Last year, Assistance League of Greater Placer served more than 9,800 children and adults. Visit www.greaterplacer.assistanceleague.org.