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Family Crisis Council Shelter coat and pajama drive in progress, sponsored by Mrs. North Carolina Petite

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) — A coat and pajama drive to benefit the Family Crisis Council is underway in Rowan County, according to sponsor Erica Leigh Averill, Ms. North Carolina Petite.

“My platform is eating disorder awareness and helping women overcome difficulties, which I’ve personally experienced and I’m very open,” Averill said. “That being said, I have partnered with the Rowan County Family Crisis Council for a coat and pajama drive. It’s been going on for a few weeks as the weather gets colder, however, we still need more help.

Averill says needed items include warm jackets, coats and pajamas for the winter season.

“What many don’t know is that teens who identify as men also come to the shelter with their mothers. They are often overlooked because this is a women’s shelter and with the weather getting colder it breaks my heart that these children are often overlooked,” Averill added. “As you may know, teenagers often wear adult-sized clothes and they don’t get a lot of men’s clothes for these kids. Being a short person myself, teenagers are often taller than me, so I can only imagine the struggle.

Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at 502 N. Long Street, Salisbury.

*The office will be closed for Thanksgiving, November 24 and 25*

“I have put up flyers where possible and have shared this information on my official social media sites,” Averill added. “I have taken it upon myself to pick people up if they are not available to come to the shelter to donate.”

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