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Police donate items to domestic violence shelter

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The Henry County Police Department donated household items to the Haven House shelter on Friday. Sgt. Mike Ireland (left) and Detective John Davis unloaded boxes filled with the items for the victims of domestic abuse.

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Henry County Police Sgt. Mike Ireland (left) and Detective Donell Minton (right) carried household items donated by the county police department into Haven House on Friday. . Haven House is a shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence..

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Executive Director of Haven House Marjorie Lacy accepted donated household items from the Henry County Police Department. Pictured are (from left) Marjorie Lacy, Detective Donell Minton, Chief Keith Nichols, Sonya Richey, Detective John Davis, Sgt. Keith Shumate, Lt. Christy Nebel and Major Joe Jackson.

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Haven House Executive Director Marjorie Lacy talked with Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols, after the police department donated household items to Haven House.. Haven House is a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

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The Henry County Police Department made a donation of numerous household items to Haven House, Friday.. Pictured (from left) Donell Minton, Marjorie Lacy, Sgt. Keith Shumate, John Davis, Chief Keith Nichols and Sonya Richey. Richey is the police department's Violence Against Women Liaison in the special victim's unit.

Usually, when Majorie Lacy meets with Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols, it is after one of his officers has brought her a bruised or battered woman for sanctuary. Sometimes, the women are accompanied by children.

Friday, things were different. Chief Nichols and other officers came bearing gifts.

Household goods of all kinds were donated to the domestic violence shelter. There were shower curtains, towels, rugs, bath mats, comforter sets, mattress pads, tablecloths, storage canisters, dishes, various type drinking glasses, silverware, a crock pot, a can opener, a blender, a coffee maker and a knife set.

"This is so nice, I'm so glad you all thought of us," said Lacy, who is executive director of Haven House.

"Maj. [Joe] Jackson and Lt. [Christy] Neble came to me with the idea, and I told them we will make it happen," Nichols said Friday.

"When they place a victim outside of the shelter these are the items they can use in their homes," said Lt. Neble.

"This is a good way to give something for a good cause," said Maj. Jackson.

The donated items were recovered by police following a fraud investigation, said Sgt. Mike Ireland.

Until recently, the items had been held as evidence.