HGH EMS Rescue Donates Christmas to Domestic Violence Shelter

Local ambulance crew members did their part recently to make sure area victims of domestic violence have a merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, members of Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue arrived at Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services in an ambulance loaded with gifts that crew members had purchased.

The group also included a variety of drawing and art kits that were donated by community members through the "Stuff an Ambulance Toy Drive." Those will be housed in the WDVS resource room.

The gifts are destined for five families who definitely need a boost during this holiday season.

"As we considered what we could do as a group for Christmas," said Ellis, "helping these families became very important to us."

Ellis continued, "This project will help make their Christmas a little more joyful."

Joann Casalez, WDVS Administrative Director, thanked the ambulance crew for their generosity. "We are very grateful; this is going to be great for these women and children."

Casalez and her group also expressed gratitude to the entire community for the continual outpouring of help they receive throughout the year.

Board member Mayor Di An Putnam, who was on hand to receive the donation, said EMS crew members' generosity was just another testament to her that "this town is filled with very special and caring people."

Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS) is dedicated to providing victims and their children with a safe environment free from violence and fear of violence while educating the community on the signs and effects of domestic and sexual abuse.

The group carries out this mission in three ways: by receiving and administering funds to establish safe shelter for Humboldt County adult survivors of domestic violence and their children; by providing emotional and substance abuse counseling and support services for those involved in a domestic violence situation; and by educating individuals and the community about domestic violence related issues.

For more information about Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, please call (775) 625-1313. For more information about HGH EMS Rescue, please call (775) 623-5222, 1366.