Police help to collect toys for Purple Box campaign at Willow Domestic Violence Center

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Willow Domestic Violence Center gave an update on Monday on its Purple Box campaign.

The non-profit was joined by local police departments and organizations that helped to collect items for the campaign. The Purple Box campaign is a toy drive that brings hope to children and families staying at the Willow Center during the holiday season.

The center’s president and CEO spoke about the importance of the drive to the families it serves.

“Those gifts will end up in the hands of children who are at Willow Center over the holiday giving them a sense of hope and a sense of normalcy which can be a very difficult moment of crisis in their lives,” said Meaghan de Dhateauvieu, president and CEO of the Willow Domestic Violence Center. “Domestic violence is a community wide issue and it’s times like these that the community comes together to show families that you are not alone.”

Willow works with more than seven thousand survivors of domestic violence across Monroe County every year.