Planned Parenthood Collecting Goods for Domestic Violence Shelters to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published: 01.03.12| Updated: 01.03.12

MICHIGAN – Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) is participating in a special project in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16, and Dr. King's teachings of social justice and nonviolence.

Given Planned Parenthood's role as a health care provider, we have the unique opportunity to engage our supporters, work with our coalition partners, and give back to the community — all at the same time. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, we are collecting donations for domestic violence shelters at Planned Parenthood health centers around the state.

From now until the end of January, we will be collecting personal care items from staff, volunteers, friends, family, patients, and other supporters who want to make a difference for women trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. 

“We see the result of domestic violence and sexual abuse at our Planned Parenthood health centers throughout the year, so we want to show our support for those victims with this project,” said PPWNM Vice President of Medical Services Bridget White. “Often women fleeing from domestic violence situations leave with nothing but their children, and the clothes on their backs. So it is important for shelters to have the basic essentials on hand.”
PPWNM is collecting a variety of needed items through January 31, 2012:
• Feminine Hygiene Products
• Bath and Beauty Supplies
• School Supplies
• Baby Products
• Winter Accessories (gloves, hats, scarves)
• Non-perishable Food Items

Donations can be dropped off at any Planned Parenthood health center in Michigan during regular business hours. Donated goods will remain in the local communities where they are collected.
“Our other goal with this project is to engage people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the ‘Beloved Community’ that Dr. King envisioned,” added White. 

PPWNM health centers are located in the following Michigan cities: Big Rapids, Ionia, Grand Rapids, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming. Learn more about us online at

Who:  Planned Parenthood health centers across Michigan
What:  Collecting donations of much-needed goods for local domestic violence shelters
When:  Now through January 31, 2012
Where:  Drop off at any Planned Parenthood in Michigan during business hours
Why:  In honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Jan. 15, and the MLK National Day of Service on Jan. 16, 2012.


Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) provides reproductive health care and sexuality education services at eight locations in Michigan. Learn more at

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