Kansas Women's Basketball Host WE SHARE Drive

July 10, 2010


Kansas women’s basketball, Hoops2Heels and the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence are joined forces to host the “WE SHARE” Drive Saturday in the south parking lot of Allen Fieldhouse. The team helped collect items that were in immediate and on-going need for the shelter.

Trena Anderson, the Director of Basketball Operations, was happy to help for such a great cause.

“We were happy to partner with the Domestic Violence Center to get donations and household goods to help support women who are victims of domestic violence,” Anderson said. “We’ve got a ton of stuff: strollers, carseats and a ton of things. Our focus is to support women.”

Senior center Krysten Boogaard initially connected the women’s basketball program.

“Krysten actually had a class project with Willow,” Anderson said. “She painted some rooms and came back and said, ‘Trena, they need help. What can we do?’ So I said I was on it. We called the center, asked them what they needed, got the list together and out this event on today.”

The Kansas women’s basketball players were on site collecting items, greeting donors and loading the truck of items collected for the Willow Center, which provides safe-shelter, peer counseling, advocacy and other services to survivors of domestic violence in Douglas, Franklin and Southern Jefferson counties.

“This was a really good experience,” sophomore forward Carolyn Davis said. “It’s important to help women in need, and it’s good for me because I like to do community service. I’m glad we got to have this opportunity to help.”

If you still wish to donate, immediate needs for the shelter are twin size sheets and blankets, pillows, hair conditioner, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, large pots, table lamps and women’s under garments.