Christmas may come early for many this summer.

In a monthlong effort to provide necessities to victims of domestic violence, SafeHomes of Augusta, Christian radio station 88.3 WAFJ and Arby’s have teamed up for a joint collaborative effort called Celebrating Christmas in July.

“Typically, WAFJ will do a Christmas tour in December, and there are so many great things going on during that period of time that we thought we’d try it in July,” WAFJ Promotions Director Jill Kauffman said.

Every Thursday, WAFJ sets up shop in Arby’s around the CSRA and takes donations of women’s and children’s clothing, cleaning and school supplies. Those donations will all go toward SafeHomes of Augusta.

To donate the clothing and supplies, Aiken residents can visit the Arby’s at 2001 Whiskey Road on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. and drop off donations. All donations must be new.

SafeHomes of Augusta is a shelter for victims of domestic violence in the CSRA, and it offers confidential and safe temporary housing for victims and their children free of charge.

Kauffman said, so far, they have visited three Arby’s and the response has been great.

“ ... It’s just an awareness for the women and children living at SafeHomes, and SafeHomes really helps the women acclimate themselves back into the community without the fear of their abuser,” Kauffman said. “We want everyone to know that this is available.”

For a complete list of needed items and a schedule of weekly stops, visit

For more information about SafeHomes, visit

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.