2 girls raise thousands to benefit victims of domestic violence.

It started as a small project for a couple of Texas teens, but it ended up being a donation of thousands of dollars of gear for the Montgomery County Women’s Center. High school sophomores Courtney Brumley and Avery Palacios chose the center because they wanted to do something to benefit victims of domestic violence, they just had no idea how much good they would be able to do.

Avery said "we partnered with builders and vendors, collecting monetary donations, which we then used to purchase requested items such as diapers, T-shirts, underwear, ironing boards, bottled water and more. Then my apartment complex manager where I live, it's called Woodforest said they would help. One of our teachers said they would give extra credit to any students who donated. Combined with the items visitors and residents dropped off during our donation weekend, we had more than $4,000 worth of merchandise for the center.”

Courtney said “We really wanted to raise awareness and thought if we collected anything — maybe a couple of boxes — that would be great. I didn’t quite believe it when Faith at Woodforest said we would need a truck to pick up everything. When my mom and I went to the Homefinder Lodge and saw how many items there were, we decided we needed two trucks.

Avery added "I never even realized that domestic violence was going on in our own community. But we need to talk about it so women know where to get help.”

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