By: Jillian Wilson
Paramedics filled their ambulance truck with food, cleaning supplies and household items to help victims of domestic violence at an area shelter.
"It's important because a lot of people in the community don't understand what the needs are and so this group is out here letting them know what the needs very specifically are," says Kit Miller, the shelter manager at Winnie's Place.
Staff from Genesis Hospital collected dozens of bags filled with paper towels, hygiene products, even cash to go towards Winnie's Place.
"We take care of a lot of domestic violence issues in the Emergency Room and in the ambulance and so we kind of see both sides of it, the bad end of it, and so we feel like we can give back to the Domestic Violence program by helping with this today," says Keene Hart, a Paramedic.
The shelter's manager says Winnie's Place helps more than four hundred people in the QC every year.
It's donations from the community that keep the shelter going.
"Winnie's relies on donations from the community, whether it's to answer the crisis line or staff the shelter or for daily needs, for bedding, for shampoo, personal care items, everything is really supplied," says Kit Miller.
Folks at the Jewel Osco in East Moline told me it's easy to donate especially this time of year.
"I would give anyway. I think a lot more people would give though during the Holiday season," says Larry Brewer, an East Moline Resident.