By Lori Draz
They’re here! The Journal magazines are proud to announce that our “Nets Make a Difference” campaign to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around is underway! Now through December 15, our colorful nets will be your drop-off point for donations of much-needed items for the victims of domestic and sexual abuse aided by this lifesaving organization.
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On a typical day in New Jersey, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls; that’s approximately 15 calls every minute. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime; 72% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner, and 94% of the victims of these crimes are female
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. is a private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County. In addition to providing services to individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence, 180 operates a holiday boutique so that their clients can “shop” for their essential needs and gifts for their families in safety and privacy.
We encourage our readers to make donations of items and gift cards at these drop-off locations or at our office in Shrewsbury. All the collected items will be used in 180’s Holiday Shop, and any extra items will be used throughout 2017, as the needs are ongoing.
Some of the most needed items include (please be sure all are new and unopened):
- New clothing (they cannot accept used clothing)
- Children and parent pajamas
- Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Shoprite/food stores
- Sports equipment for teens
- Beauty products and costume jewelry for moms
- Winter coats for all ages
- Hats and gloves
- Diapers, infant and children’s educational toys
- Education electronic games
- Twin bedding
- School and art supplies
- Toiletries and household paper goods
We thank the following wonderful locations for sharing space to help us collect items for 180 Turning Lives Around and the victims of sexual and domestic violence they serve all year long. We also thank our many generous readers and organizations who have already been making donations. If you have a group or organization who would like to have your own drive, we’ll pick up the items. Groups like the Seniors of Little Silver and the ECW Auxiliary of St. John’s Episcopal Church have already made a commitment. Please join in the efforts.
Drop-off locations include:
The Journal office, 1151 Broad Street, Suite 118 in Shrewsbury
Aspire Fitness, 273 Route 34, Colts Neck
Barnstormers, 102 Avenue of the Two Rivers, Rumson
Danish Café, 2 Bridge Avenue, in the Galleria, Red Bank
Hobby Shop, 1077-C Route 34, Aberdeen
Kick Fitness, 611 River Road, Fair Haven
LA Dance Center of the Arts, 728 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Little Silver Library, 484 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver
Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown
Monmouth County Regional Library Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury
Monmouth University Center of Arts, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch
Red Bank Library, 84 West Front Street, Red Bank
Salon La De Da, 549 Route 35 North, Middletown
Toy Box, 410 Route 34 South, Colts Neck
Texas Roadhouse, 2105 Route 35, Holmdel
Voyagers’ Community School, 215 Broad Street, Eatontown
Additionally, readers can look on the Journal’s website, www.thejournalnj.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and go to our Facebook page at The Journal NJ for additional drop-off locations or to organize a drive. You may also contact Lori Draz at (732) 735-5441 to learn more.