Verizon Teams With National Organization to Provide Books and Toys to Children Affected by Domestic Violence

Verizon Teams With National Organization to Provide Books and Toys to Children Affected by Domestic Violence

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Holiday shoppers will have the opportunity to make the season a little brighter for children and families affected by domestic violence by participating in the Verizon Foundation's Hope for the Holidays campaign.

Through the campaign, Verizon employees will collect toys and books to provide comfort to children and families who are survivors of domestic violence. Verizon has partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which will help coordinate the distribution of the items to children and families in domestic violence shelters across the country.

The public is invited to take part in the campaign, which runs through Dec. 10, by logging on to http://www.verizonfoundation.org/hopeforholidays and making a donation to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. The organization will use the funds to help domestic violence shelters provide support to children and families in their local communities.

"The holidays are a time of joy for so many, but it's also a time that can be very hurtful to survivors of domestic violence and their children," said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. "We are grateful that the Verizon Foundation and Verizon employees are working with us to bring hope to thousands of people during this holiday season."

Verizon has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and aiding in its prevention. Since 2007, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, has awarded more than $15 million in grants to nonprofits that support victims of domestic violence.

Through Verizon's HopeLine® program, more than 7 million phones have been collected and recycled or refurbished to support domestic violence survivors, generating $8 million that has been given to local agencies since 2001. For more information about HopeLine from Verizon, go to www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

"Domestic violence is a widespread issue that impacts families in every community in our nation," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "Verizon is committed to using its technology and efforts of our employees to help end the cycle of violence. We invite everyone to join the Hope for the Holidays campaign and bring a ray of hope to the families and children affected by domestic violence."

The Verizon Foundation supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website, Verizon Thinkfinity, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org.

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