In the early days of my teaching career we had a lock down at my school because a man was reported to be in the woods behind our building brandishing a weapon. Details came trickling in after the event was over and it took me a few hours to piece together that the man behind the building was suspected of using the weapon to kill his wife and perhaps he was on his way to our school, where his child sat in my classroom, completely unaware that his father had just killed his mother and changed his life forever.
Well, maybe not entirely unaware. We learned as the days went by and social services became involved that there was a history of domestic violence in the home, and perhaps the father took action against the mother because she was finally going to leave.
Imagine, knowing that the man you married was harming you and or your children and being paralyzed by the fear that if you leave, things might get worse.
I can’t imagine feeling that, and my heart breaks for that sweet little boy and his mom who did.
When I was asked to promote HopeLine from Verizon, a charity pledge to help end domestic violence, I jumped at the opportunity. I am always encouraged when large corporations use their power for good, and even more impressed when the act is more than just writing checks, but really getting into a partnership that will help raise people up.
HopeLine from Verizon is just that: a partnership for good. Verizon provides grants to organizations aimed at helping the 1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men and over 3 million children in the US affected by domestic violence.
How can you help?
Two ways. First, add to these funds by going purple for domestic violence awareness month this October. Just head to your local Verizon store and pick up one of the great purple accessories like a phone or tablet case and Verizon will donate $1 to the grant funds. I happen to love the LG Toone Pro wireless headset. We have one in purple to give away so be sure to enter the contest below to get the donations started!
Got old phones? Drop those (from any carrier) and their accessories off to a Verizon wireless store and they will be among those donated to women and men at shelters who need a safe way to communicate. The goal is one million phones disbursed. It’s so easy to be part of that!
Verizon has already given out over 190,000 phones to provide a vital link to support services and over twenty-nine million dollars in cash grants to organizations working to prevent domestic violence and support survivors.
October is usually reserved for all things pink and that’s awesome. But there are so many people, like that sweet second grade student of mine, who would benefit from all of us getting a little purple this month too.
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