NASHVILLE, TN — When Charlene Grubbs asked her fellow Mary Kay independent beauty consultants to help collect pre-owned wireless phone donations, she didn't expect to get such an enormous response.
Grubbs and her team members from Hendersonville, Tenn., collected more than 200 wireless phones through local churches and special events and donated them to Verizon Wireless to be used in programs against domestic violence. Through Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program, the phones will be inspected, refurbished, sold and/or programmed by technicians so that at the touch of a button, victims of domestic violence in Middle Tennessee can call 911 and other emergency numbers for help. All proceeds from the phones will be given to non-profit domestic violence advocacy organizations and used to purchase handsets for victims.
Grubbs and her fellow Mary Kay beauty consultants originally planned to ship the phones to the Mary Kay Inc. corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas to be distributed and used for domestic violence programs in the Dallas area. But when Connie White, vice president of the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, noticed Verizon Wireless as a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, she alerted Grubbs to drop the phones at the nearest Verizon Wireless retail store so they may be used in programs in Middle Tennessee.
"One of the most important uses of wireless technology is for safety," said Sandy Maloney, Verizon Wireless' North Middle Tennessee retail general manager. "The importance of communication drastically increases for domestic violence victims in abusive situations. Verizon Wireless recognizes this and takes every opportunity to support emergency and safety communications programs."
The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation supports various programs against domestic violence, as well as research on cancers affecting women.
"Mary Kay is a company dedicated to enriching women's lives, and the prevention of violence against women is a top priority for our Foundation," said White. "This donation is just one example of how the hundreds of thousands of women in the Mary Kay community support domestic violence programs across the nation." HopeLine, launched nationally in October 2001, is an ongoing program directly benefiting victims of domestic violence. As part of the program, Verizon Wireless also makes financial contributions to national domestic violence organizations such as the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as other select community interest groups. For more information about HopeLine, call 1-800-426-2790 or visit the Web at www.verizonwireless.com/jsp/aboutus/wireless_issues/phone_recycling.jsp.
About Mary Kay Inc.
With more than 850,000 independent beauty consultants in 37 markets worldwide, Mary Kay Inc. is one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world. The company's product line includes more than 200 premium products in eight categories: facial skin care, color cosmetics, nail care, body care, sun protection, fragrances, men's skin care and men's and women's dietary supplements. Mary Kay's mission is to enrich women's lives by offering a premier career opportunity with unlimited potential for personal and financial success. To locate a consultant near you or learn more about the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, call 1-800-MARY-KAY (627-9529) or visit www.marykay.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
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