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Abuse Alternatives Recipient of Donations by King University Nurses

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 4, 2017 – Abuse Alternatives was the recent recipient of much-needed donations by the Student Nursing Association (SNA) at King University.

“Each semester, the SNA selects an organization to sponsor; for the spring 2017 semester, Abuse Alternatives was chosen,” said Amy Edmison, instructor of Nursing at King. “In February, our students in SNA began collecting items for the emergency shelter facility – items for which the emergency shelter was in short supply as well as other needed items, such as toiletries, towels, and children’s diapers to name a few. The SNA reached out to the King community to have participation campus-wide; we received a great response.”

Abuse Alternatives has 37 years’ experience providing comprehensive, confidential services to survivors of intimate relationship abuse and/or violence. The organization’s 24-Hour Crisis Hotline provides support and access to services from a staff who specialize in dealing with relationship violence/abuse issues. Abuse Alternative’s mission is to provide quality services through direct support and advocacy to the victims of domestic violence with the goal of eliminating the pattern of abusive behaviors from the lives of those individuals and their families.

“We were so thrilled at the level of participation in this worthwhile cause,” commented Edmison. “We filled the boxes several times over with much-needed goods. As a Christian university, service should be one of the things we hold highest. It is important for us to give back to a community which has given so much to King.”

Makayla Brown is a rising sophomore and vice president of the Student Nursing Association at King. She said, “The nursing students at King University have vowed to follow certain pillars within the program. Service is one of the pillars that we have chosen to solidify by initiating this drive. I believe I speak for not only the students in the Science of Nursing program but also for our faculty and staff, that we are blessed and grateful to be able to serve such a vulnerable population. Galatians 5:13 says, ‘Serve one another in love.’ I feel honored to be able to serve and love others through the support of Abuse Alternatives Non-Profit Corporation.”

Once the donations were received, Edmison along with the SNA leadership team filled up trucks to deliver the items to Abuse Alternatives in Bristol, Tenn. A representative of Abuse Alternatives, Dan Fehr, community educator, shared the organization’s thanks for the donations. “Thanks a million to King University’s School of Nursing students who took the initiative to put together this overwhelming donation for our shelter!”

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