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July 12, 2022

SVCHS’ New Day Recovery Sites Begin Amanda’s Closet

Amanda’s Closet is now accepting new or gently used clothing and personal hygiene product donations to give away to New Day Recovery patients in need.

This new endeavor of all three New Day Recovery sites comes from New Day Recovery Saltville’s Amanda French, LPN.

“She is just one of those giving, selfless people that are rare gems, and we are SO lucky to have her in our organization,” NDR Behavioral Health Supervisor Melissa Doane-Williams, LCSW, CSAC, said.

Amanda’s Closet has been in operation over the past 3-4 months and has already brought so many needed items to patients, but Amanda has been providing for the people within the community for years.

“We have so many patients who lack the basic needs. I had someone tell me on Monday “if I had a bed to sleep in, I would stop using meth”. We take little things like having a bed for granted but there are a lot of people in our community that have nowhere to go and nowhere to sleep. We do not have the capabilities of offering beds to people, at this point, but thought we could start somewhere,” Doane-Williams said.

Some of the items being sought by patients include gently used or new clothing items in all sizes for all seasons and personal hygiene items, which include:

  • Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Lotion
  • Powder
  • Razors
  • Paper Towels/Toilet Paper
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Band Aids
  • Disinfectant Cleaners
  • Hand Sanitizer

“This idea of “people helping people” has taken off and not only are our patients receiving the goods that are brought in, they are also giving back with things they no longer need. It really is a wonderful concept,” Doane-Williams said.

Each of the main four sites at Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems in Bristol, Meadowview, Saltville, or Tazewell are able to take donations for this cause.

For more information, give any New Day Recovery site a call at 276-496-4492.