Through her generous spirit and positive attitude, Amy D. Wehr, Independent Creative Leader for Initials, Inc., launched a fundraiser called Bags of Hope to clothe sexual assault survivors during their stay at the hospital. Amy raised enough funds to present The Turning Point with 64 bags and $750 articles of clothing. On June 27, 2016, she excitedly presented the bags and a check to the staff of The Turning Point.
The Turning Point is often times the first point of hope a survivor experiences after a trauma. The nonprofit organization dispatches highly trained volunteers who act as advocates to accompany survivors. “Our advocates bring a bag with clothes, personal necessities and a journal to sexual violence survivors,” said Jen Fannuci, Volunteer/SANE Coordinator at The Turning Point.
Amy shared, “It saddened me to learn that a victim of sexual assault would have to leave their clothes behind as evidence at the hospital. I just can’t imagine leaving my clothes behind after such a horrible ordeal.”
Liz Ennis, Community Outreach Coordinator praised Amy’s efforts. “We are so grateful to Amy! It takes people like Amy, who strive to make our community a better place, to create a conversation about sexual assault, and to fight against it.”
The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center of Collin County provides counseling, education, and advocacy to individuals impacted by sexual assault. If you would like to donate to the Bags of Hope fundraiser, contact Liz Ennis at 972.985.0951 or email her at [email protected]. You can also visit turningpoint.com. The hotline number is 800.886.7273.