Local Business Helps Non-Profit Organization

An East Texas business is stepping up to help a local non-profit organization.   WR Starkey Mortgage in Tyler is holding a clothing drive, for children staying at the East Texas Crisis Center. The center provides shelter for victims of violent crimes. Bins are now located throughout South Tyler for people to drop off items. WR Starkey says it chose the crisis center because of the great service it provides.

"What it means for kids is to have a good environment to grow up in," said Tony Hawes, Senior Loan Officer, WR Starkey Mortgage. "They just deserve better. They shouldn't have to deal with the situations they are in."

"They already feel isolated and different from everybody else," said Carrie Cole Brantley, Special Events Coordinator for East Texas Crisis Center. "They are not living at home like a traditional family. They are in a shelter, so it's really important that we fit them with school uniforms and clothes just like everybody else."   The items needed are children's school uniforms, school supplies, general children's clothing, twin bed mattress covers, deodorant, white towels, and alarm clocks.  For more information on the drive, call the East Texas Crisis Center at 903-579-2517.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com