Have you heard the saying: “When one door closes another opens?” In my adult years I have found this to ring true. At a young age I was abused emotionally, sexually, physically and mentally. I didn’t let it stop me from exceeding at things. I fought to do something with my life and part of that is writing. Even if I do struggle, from time to time, with grammar or spelling. It is an outlet for my thoughts, experiences and stories. Because, I have been blessed with such a great platform I want to use it for good. In doing this I want to share with you a program I am so proud to support and work with!
I partnered with Verizon. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
“In the United States, one in every four women and one in every seven men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner1, and each year more than 15 million children witness violence in their homes”.
While I talk about this program I will be showing you through pictures, a schooner ride, we enjoyed in Watkins Geln, NY.
As a domestic abuse survivor myself, it is so imperative to take the time for myself. Knowing my limits to get out to clear my thoughts and mind. I want to help and support others in my shoes but I can’t do that if I don’t help myself first! With that being said, I hope this opens a door when it seems one has been shut!
“HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories in any condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence. Donated phones are then turned into valuable resources for nonprofit organizations and agencies that support domestic violence victims and survivors nationwide”.
Partnering with Verizon was a huge step for my career. I have been so incredibly blessed in my life that I wanted to focus on the good not just the bad. I do think it is fair to share some of my testaments in the process. When you are in a dangerous situation many times you blame yourself. Even when you know really you don’t deserve what is going on it is just a way you try rationalizing the abuse. Being cut off from your friends, family and support system only empathizes this! Having a means of communication is so vital to hold on to your positive mind frame.
Here are four simple steps to make a phone donation:
1. Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.
2. Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone. We thoroughly refurbish donated phones.
3. Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag. Find a Verizon Wireless retail store near you to drop your wireless phone and accessories in a HopeLine bin.
4. Don’t have time to go to a store? Pack your wireless phone, battery, charger and accessories in a secure package. Request your prepaid mailing label and just drop it in the mail.
“The successes of this program belong to the survivors, and their stories of courage”. Help support this program,HopeLine from Verizon with me and donate your old unused phones. Do something good for someone who desperately needs it. Believe me when I tell you they do not want a hand out they just want to know it is not their fault and that they are safe! #bettermatters