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Friends Darcy Vest and Amy Brown want to help the women and children living at the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. After seeing the sparse furnishings and decorations at the center's shelter, they know they need to make it a more welcoming place for those who live there.

When they contact friends to increase their donation, they are amazed by the response. They receive money and several new items for the shelter. Amy and Darcy's money goes mainly toward purchasing new bedding and furnishings for the four bedrooms, including window treatments, lamps, mirrors and furniture for the children's area.

Their friends contribute a dining room table, a television and kitchen tools. Amy and Darcy select a different paint scheme for each room with warmth and comfort in mind. With donations from local businesses, the women are able to do more, surprising one of the center's residents with a visit to the dentist and a complete makeover!

"I was overwhelmed by the number of people who helped us," Darcy says. "It was almost a problem spending the money because we had so many donations." Amy agrees that the power of the community was inspiring. "The tremendous amount of support we received really gave me hope for good things to come," she says. "We can do so much as a group!"

Raising three children on her own


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