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Texting HOPE

For many, the holiday season is a time of joy and cheer. But, sadly, for some people the added stresses lead to more abuse. And so Verizon Wireless and the National Network to End Domestic Violence have teamed up to to raise money for nonprofits dealing with abuse.

Cell phone users can text HOPE to 41010 to donate $10 to NNEDV. That national network has helped our local agency, the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence.

From a press release about the program:

Caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?

From gift shopping to party planning, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the festive spirit of the season.  It’s also easy to make a difference for those in need.  Together, Verizon and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) ask shoppers to take pause this holiday season and consider donating to the text-to-donate program and help support those affected by domestic violence.

“The holiday season is a joyous time to be with our loved ones, to reflect on the past year and our hopes for the future,” said Sue Else, NNEDV’s president.  “Unfortunately, it’s also a time when we continue to see and even witness an increase in domestic violence due to the stresses of this busy season.  We’re honored to partner with Verizon on the text-to-donate campaign so we can offer consumers an easy way to help those affected by domestic violence, and offer even more families hope for the year ahead.”

Donating is easy.  Anyone can simply text “HOPE” (or 4673) to 41010 to make a one-time, $10 donation to NNEDV, the largest network of coalitions against domestic violence in every state and U.S. territory.  One hundred percent of donations collected through the text-to-donate program will go to NNEDV and its affiliated state domestic violence coalitions.  Verizon will waive its customers’ text messaging fees for each donation text.  Customers’ $10 donations will appear on their next monthly bills, regardless of their wireless provider.  As part the text-to-donate campaign, HopeLine® from Verizon will also match donations up to a total of $50,000.

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