Joy Tharrington donates boxes of toiletries to Artemis House

In the Fall of 2012, Joy Tharrington, a George Mason University senior sociology major and women's basketball player, took professor Angie Hattery's class 'The Social Dynamics of Family Violence'. Tharrington was so moved by a class discussion on intimate partner violence that she accepted Hattery's challenge to collect toiletries from hotels while she was playing away games. She enlisted the help of the entire women's basketball team with the project. Throughout this basketball season, the team collected toiletries from 12 hotels while they were at away games. On Friday, April 19, Tharrington donated boxes of toiletries to the Artemis House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence (whether male or female) located in Fairfax County.

Those who turn to shelters for help get connected with many social services such as housing, childcare support, and food stamps but food stamps only cover food. They do not cover toiletries.

Artemis House, funded by Fairfax County and run by Shelter House, is Fairfax County's only 24-hour emergency shelter for families and individuals fleeing domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. They provide crisis intervention and temporary housing in apartment-style units in an undisclosed "safe-house."

"Shelter House relies on the community to provide financial, in-kind and advocacy support to accomplish its mission. Items such as hygiene products, toiletries and other personal items are extremely useful at the shelter," said Joe Meyer, deputy executive director of the Shelter House. "With this donation, Artemis House will be able to provide those basic needs to those in such critical need. More than 200 women and children walk through our doors every year."


Joy Tharrington and Professor Angie Hattery


Joy donating boxes of toiletries
to Artemis House

Joy sitting with some of the toiletries



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