Through Friday, Aug. 1, 1st Lake Properties is gathering school supplies and care packages for families affected by domestic abuse.

The products will be distributed through The Metropolitan Center of Women and Children, which provides services for survivors of trauma and victims fleeing violence in their homes.

“We wanted to do something caring and practical for these families,” said Michele Shane L’Hoste, president of 1st Lake Properties, Inc.

Donations are being accepted at 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and at all 1st Lake apartment community rental offices.

Examples of school supplies are book bags or backpacks, clear or mesh; black marble composition books; spiral notebooks; black and red pens; pencils; colored pencils; crayons; washable markers; paint pens; washable paints; tape; baby wipes; quart-size zippered bags and facial tissue.

Care packages for adult women may include tote bags, body wash, adult hair brush, deodorant, hair care products, toothpaste, toothbrush, bath soap, new make-up, curling irons, blow dryers, and single- and double-sized bed sheets.

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