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For the more than 400 woman and children who seek refuge from domestic abuse each year at the Circle of Love shelter, a pile of new pillows are coming. For the past month “Project R.E.S.T.” an idea envisioned by Ocmulgee Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Alison Burleson, has raised hundreds of new pillows to be distributed to those harmed and displaced by domestic violence. Burleson said the idea came as a natural way to observe Domestic Violence Month, which is observed in October. Project R.E.S.T. (Rest Easy and Safe Tonight) established drop points in Morgan and Greene County where people could place the new pillows for collection. Each woman or child that is protected from violence at the shelter is given a new pillow. “Sometimes they have to leave in a hurry,” says Burleson. Sometimes, she says, there isn’t time for a pillow, or toothpaste or shampoo or other products that are “all the things you need to live in a daily life.” In requesting the donations, Burleson established drop-off points at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Morgan County Courthouse, Madison Police Department and Morgan County Board of Commissioners. Hundreds of pillows were received for distribution to the non–profit Circle of Love Center. “I think we had a great response,” Burleson says. “It gives people in the community an opportunity to feel like they could help someone in a bad position.”

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