My mailbox was full yesterday and that never happens. Low and behold there was a box taking up all the space. I knew it had to be something good from the return address. These are expert purchasers, you see, they have a talent for noticing little things that will put a smile on someone’s face.
Inside the box was a bag. Inside the bag was 2 boxes. Inside the boxes was a symbol of support. I’m not one to cry, I prefer cursing to crying, but I teared up when I saw the boxes and tears flowed when I opened one and saw the beauty.
It went a little like this: where is the open strip? nevermind, get a knife. oh? there’s a bag. use the scissors. oo! 2 boxes. Avon? Domestic Violence? (watery eyes) what is this? open box. tears.
AVON launched this program, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, in 2004 “to build awareness, to educate, and to develop and implement prevention and direct service programs.”
This isn’t an extravagant gift, but it’s priceless. I have it with me today.
It’s not what it is that matters. My thoughtful friend didn’t have to pick anything, but she did. She saw this, saw the cause, and knew that I would be one happy momma with this touching gesture.
This person is hundreds of miles away and I haven’t seen her in years, but she thought of me and gave money to an organization she knows I would support and sent me the gift. She gave, and then gave again.
Surviving domestic violence is impossible without support. If it weren’t for the people who were willing to make phone calls, stash belongings, and stay the course I couldn’t have left.
People need to begin to better understand the dynamic of domestic violence, and, hopefully, organizations like AVON, a company for women by women, and NO MORE, a symbol against DV, can help to spread the word and further community education and victim support programs.
Avon has recently partnered with the NO MORE organization to help put Domestic Violence on the national platform with a symbol that is unique and distinctive to victims and survivors of DV, and the supporters who help make safety a reality.