The Eastern Ohio Chiropractic Society is sponsoring its annual toy drive, "Cuddly Critters for Kids in Crisis," during the month of February and encouraging new and existing patients to donate new children's toys to benefit two local organizations that help families facing domestic violence. Participating Trumbull County chiropractors will donate toys to Someplace Safe of Trumbull County, and participating Mahoning County chiropractors will donate toys to Sojourner House of Youngstown.
New patients who donate one or more new toys during the drive will receive a free chiropractic consultation, a doctor's report of findings and treatment recommendation.
"In February, we think about matters of the heart, and as chiropractic physicians, we think about infants and children because we treat them regularly in our practices, so we want to offer special support to children in crisis. For kids facing the extreme challenges of domestic violence, toys offer comfort, familiarity, and a means for expressing feelings and emotions," said Dr. Angel Ricciulli, president of EOCS.
"Children are often the forgotten victims of domestic violence," according to Bonnie Wilson, director of Someplace Safe. "In 2012, nearly 100 children from babes-in-arms to teens sought safety in our shelter. Someplace Safe seeks to reduce and prevent domestic violence for victims of all ages through advocacy, education, supportive services, and 24-hour crisis intervention and shelter to families in crisis."
New toys can be donated at any of these participating Poland-Boardman area chiropractic clinics:
* Parkside Chiropractic, 945 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 11
* DAmato Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic, 841 Southwestern Run, Suite 2
* Szalay Chiropractic, 8270 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road