Sunday, March 10, 2013
International Women's Day
Happy International Women's Day
It was my honor to work with my friend Charmaine Lee in coordinating the Las Vegas portion of International Women's Day. We held the "Courageous Women Clothing Drive" in the Las Vegas/Henderson area. The drive was to benefit local Domestic Violence (DV) Shelters. These shelters take in women and children (and special ones house male victims of DV) that seek refugee from violent and abusive homes.
People displaced by DV often leave without anything simply the clothes on their backs. We collected clothing, underwear and socks for women, men and children along with toiletries (toothpaste, deorderant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion,etc)
The drive was held at four locations throughout Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. It was our contribution to aiding in Empowering women as part of International Women's Day. Hundreds of pounds of items were collected and donated to local shelters.
The community support and involvement was tremendous. The drive helped to increase awareness about Domestic Violence and the fact that "there is help" in the way of shelters and counseling to help victims of DV become whole and to become strong victors over their situations.
Three DV survivors told their story during our official kick off ceremony which took place at Adapt Insurance (one of the host locations). Charmaine Lee, Tish Mezell, and Richelle Shelter shared their unique stories of violence and abuse then shared their escape to wholeness stories. It is so important that victim hear from people who have successfully and safely gotten out of potentially life threatening situations.
It was humbling to be a part of this International Women's Day event. I pray many lives will be affected by the knowledge shared as part of this educational event. A video of the presentation by the speakers will soon be available. If you are interested in viewing it please let me know.
Have a great weekend. Stay Safe.