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For the Kids Staying in Ozarks Domestic Violence Shelters, an Appeal for Donated Halloween Costumes

Harmony House and Christos House shelters say their youngest residents won't be able to Trick-or-Treat without donations of new or gently-used costumes.
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Children across the country are gearing up for the fun-filled evening of costumes, candy and spooks:  Halloween.   But there are some kids in our area who don’t have costumes, because they had to leave almost everything behind when they fled with a parent to a domestic violence shelter.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

Right now, there are about 50 kids staying at Harmony House in Springfield—that’s the Ozarks’ largest domestic violence shelter. The kids range from infants up through high school, boys and girls – and the shelter is appealing to parents who have gently-used costumes to consider donating them this year so that these kids will experience the thrill of Trick-or-Treating.

The shelter is, as usual, operating at full capacity and having to turn women and children away on a regular basis.

Donated costumes can be dropped off at the Administrative Building: that’s at 519 East Cherry in Springfield—Monday to Friday during normal working hours.

 Also, the shelter for south-central Missouri, Christos House, says it has no costumes for the six kids staying there.  Their ages range from one to eight years old.

The number for Christos House, which is between Willow Springs and West Plains, is 469-1190.

Both shelters are also in need of winter coats for the women and children staying there.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.