Women’s History Month is here and it is not only a time to acknowledge and honor the contributions of our sisters, but also to celebrate, support and encourage them. That being said, we have partnered with three amazing organizations, Jaden’s Closet, Inc., Dark is Lovely, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Club of America, to take on a special initiative: Saving Our Sisters.
We have teamed up to support ACTS Turning Points, a Domestic Violence Intervention Program that provides housing, food, clothing, legal and counseling services to women and children affected by domestic violence.
Sadly statistics show that:
§ Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
§ Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
§ Up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually
§ Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
§ Men, who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives, than sons of nonviolent parents.
Most women affected by domestic violence have no place to go and no one to help. If children are involved, most women will stay in an abusive relationship for fear that they have no way to provide for their children outside of the home. Street Intell is pleased to be apart of a solution to help families in need and request your help in doing the same.
That sounds great! But how can I help?
Join the campaign! March 10th-28th we will be collecting essential items needed to further advance the efforts of the ACTS Turning Points program.
Week 1: March 10th -14th — “The Essentials”
Week one focuses on providing basic supplies to our sisters arriving at the safe houses. You can purchase items to create an entire kit or purchase one item to be used in a kit. Every little bit helps.
Health/Toiletries Kits: (All items in kit must be new; all toiletry items must be full size, not travel size)
- 1 shower caddy
- 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
- 1 brush 1 full size bottle of shampoo & conditioner
- 1 stick/container of deodorant
- 1 metal nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
- 1 bath-sized bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
- 1 tube of tooth paste
- 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
- 6 adhesive plastic strip Band-Aids
Basic Clothing Kits: (All items in Kit must be new) Designed for adults and children, male and female, from sizes small -2XL. Sizing throughout essentials package should be consistent. Colors chosen can be gender specific but neutrals are also encouraged.
- 3 pairs of underwear
- 1 bra (if female – adult or teen)
- 2 T-Shirts 1 pair of sweatpants/lounge pants
- 1 sweatshirt
- 3 pairs of socks
- 1 pair flip flops
- 1 set of pajama’s – top and bottom
- 1 backpack or reusable grocery bag/tote
Baby/Layette Kits: (All items must be new)
- 1 package of size
- 1 diapers
- 1 package of size
- 2 diapers
- 2 shirts or 2 one-piece body suits
- 2 baby washcloths
- 2 gowns or sleepers
- 2 diaper pins
- 1 sweater opens in the front
- 2 receiving blankets
Week 2: March 17th -21st — “Let’s Eat”
Week two focuses on providing food to our sisters and children currently living in safe houses. Think canned goods, water, cereal, juice, etc. ACTS Turning Points provides all the food for the women and children in the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Food is a necessity and a TOP priority at the shelter.
Week 3: March 24th – 28th — “Gift Cards Galore”
Week three focuses on supporting the ACTS Turning Points mission by ensuring the program has the funds needed to help the many women and children that come through their doors for assistance. The gift cards allow the program to purchase items such as food, water, clothes, medicine, first aid supplies, supplies for babies and school age children, blankets, pillows, the list goes on. Gift cards in any amount are welcome. Please note gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Pharmacy/Drugstores like Walgreen’s, Rite Aid or CVS are greatly appreciated.
How do I get the items to you?
What if I have additional questions?
Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact Dottie Larson, Program Director for ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program.
We appreciate any assistance you can provide. Thank you in advance and continue to share the Street Intell.
The Street Intell Team