A Safe Place supported 84 survivors of sex trafficking crimes in 2021. It is an empowerment organization focusing on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Survivors leaving trafficking and exploitation often lack the basic needs and support services to permanently leave an exploitative situation. At the A Safe Place Emergency Shelter and Outreach Center, survivors receive comprehensive trauma-informed support services in addition to basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, and safety.
General School Supplies:
*Backpacks, Colored Pencils, Coloring Books, Journals, and Reusable Water Bottles
*New Bras, *Leggings, *Shirts, *Socks, and *New Underwear
*Deodorant, *Hairbrushes, *Razors, *Shampoo & Conditioner, *Soap, *Toothbrushes, and *Toothpaste
Coastal Horizons’ mission is to promote choices for healthier lives, stronger families, and safer communities. We are the largest private, non-profit human service organization in southeastern North Carolina. With over 600 employees, we serve over half the counties in North Carolina. Nationally accredited by CARF, Coastal Horizons provides a broad range of evidence-based professional services. These include substance use, mental health, crisis intervention, family preservation, transitional living, school-based health, primary care, justice, and veteran services. From addressing the needs of an adult dealing with opioid dependence, a counselor responding to a sexual assault call at the hospital, a child in need of safe shelter and/or psychiatric services, to providing care management to an individual recently released from incarceration, Coastal Horizons is uniquely equipped to ensure public health stability.
General School Supplies:
Baby Clothing (Ages Birth to 1 Year), Gloves, Gym Shorts, Handwarmers, Ponchos, Scrubs, and Sweatshirts
Baby Wipes, Bar of Soap, Body Lotion, Dental Floss, Diapers (All Sizes), First Aid Kits, Laundry Detergent, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Tampons and Pads, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
AA Batteries, AAA Batteries, Mini Flashlights, and Thermal Mugs with Handles
The Carousel Center supports over 500 child abuse survivors and their non-offending adult caregivers. Its mission is to support healing, promote justice, and foster resilience in children victimized by physical or sexual abuse and to improve our community through education, prevention, and advocacy. The Carousel Center vision is to build resiliency in children to strengthen the community. Over 200 children engaged in over 1,300 trauma therapy services – regardless of insurance, economic status, or ability to self-pay. Carousel’s primary function is assisting these child survivors to do the hard work of healing, so they can just get back to being kids, while simultaneously collaborating with key community partners to hold the child predators accountable for their actions whenever possible. Over the past few years, the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender communities worked together to CONVICT child predators for prison sentences totaling well over the equivalent of 4 lifetimes!
Non-Violent Xbox Games
Brainteasers, Clothing for Dolls, Earbuds, Female and Male Barbie-like Dolls with a Variety of Skin Tones and Body Sizes, Fidget Spinners, Friendship Bracelets, Gel Pen Sets, Lap-size Fleece Blankets, Lip Balm, Mason Jars for Mindfulness Exercises, Play Dough for Therapy, Pop-Its, Small Notebooks, Temporary Tattoos, Treasure Box Items for Teens, and Word Search Books
New Underwear and Socks (School-age and Teen Sizes)
Foods That Can Be Purchased Locally:
Juicy Juice Boxes, Little Reusable Water Bottles, Microwavable Single Serve Lunches (such as Mac-N-Cheese, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Oodles of Noodles), and Snacks (such as Cheez-Its, Goldfish, and other Crackers)
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects: Colored Pencils, Crayons, (English or Spanish) Gender-Neutral Coloring Books, Small Craft Kits,
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.