I recently attended a conference in New York City called BlogHer. This is an opportunity for me to meet up with fellow bloggers and laugh and network. I connect with brands and other companies who have information which might be relevant to my readers. It is always a great time filled with smiles and handshakes. So, imagine my surprise when a luncheon left me with tears streaming down my face and a lump in my throat.
We walked into the banquet hall thinking we were going to learn more about the services and products Verizon had to offer. It started out as such with excitement over some giveaways. Then, Lavon walked up to speak. I sat there, taking in every word she had to say. All the time, tears welling up in my eyes.
You see, Lavon was shot by her husband not once or twice, but four times. One in the head, in the stomach, the thigh and in her foot. Through the grace of God she was able to get down the stairs and move her 3 children to safety. He had plans for her as she did not die as she though she would, but instead she lived. She lived to be able to share her amazing story to help other victims of domestics.
And sadly, there are countless victims — 1 in 4 women, 1 in 9 men and nearly 3,000,0000 children face this trend on a daily basis. As easy as it is for those who do not understand to say “just leave”, it is just usually not that simple. Most are in more harm if they leave than if they stay. Verizon wants to help. That is why they established HopeLine®.
HopeLine® from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable network to work in the community by turning no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. You can help join their mission to end domestic violence:
- Donate a no-longer-used wireless phone to help victims of domestic violence.Learn more.
- Host a phone drive to benefit victims of domestic violence, while helping the environment. Follow these quick and easy steps to host your own drive.
- Join Verizon Foundation in their efforts to solve critical social issues, focusing on the use of technology in education and domestic violence prevention. Find out how you can get involved here.
I still well up with tears and feel a lump develop in my throat when I recall Lavon’s story. Sadly, I fear that many of you reading this can relate to the pain of being victims. I truly hope and pray you can get the help you need to live a life without fear and pain. I can’t even begin to imagine what you go through, but I want you to know that someone is praying for you.
I am participating in the Verizon Midwest Savvy Savers program and have been provided with a wireless device and size months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.