Wednesday marked the official kickoff of a toy drive to benefit families feeling the burden of domestic violence. It is called the Purple Box Campaign.
The effort, led by Alternatives for Battered Women, collects toys, pajamas and other items for children.
The items are collected in purple totes at several locations, and support victims and survivors of domestic violence.
"It is more than a toy drive. It is about the community really showing that it views kids, sees kids and knows that they are also victims of domestic violence. It's a way to shine the light, way to bring hope, way to bring normal childhood back to families in trauma," said Jamie Saunders, ABW.
The campaign runs through next month.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.