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Verizon Wireless And The St. Louis Blues Team Up To Fight Domestic Abuse in Missouri

During March 8 game, Verizon Wireless awarding $10,000 to local agency and collecting phones for HopeLine® to benefit survivors of domestic abuse

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March 6, 2012

Brenda Hill
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ST. LOUIS, MO — To help combat domestic abuse, Verizon Wireless will partner with The St. Louis Blues to hold the 4th annual HopeLine® Phone Drive on Thursday, March 8 in a game versus the Anaheim Ducks. Additionally, that night, Verizon Wireless is presenting a $10,000 donation to the Women’s Safe House, an agency which works to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, crisis intervention, counseling and support services.

HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ phone recycling and reuse program, puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in communities by taking unused wireless phones and equipment from any service provider, in any condition. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to supply wireless phones with free airtime to survivors of domestic abuse and to contribute grants to domestic violence agencies across the country. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way.

“We are grateful that so many St. Louis Blues fans will donate their no-longer used wireless phones for such an important cause. Everyone who participates can be assured that their contribution is helping those who need it the most,” said Brendan Fallis, president–Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless.

On March 8, as fans enter Scottrade Center, volunteers will be collecting wireless phones, batteries, and accessories to benefit HopeLine®. Donation stations will be set up at each entrance inside Scottrade Center from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All fans who donate will receive a discount ticket offer to upcoming Blues game.

On the ice of the Scottrade Center prior to the game, the check to the Women’s Safe House will be presented by Brad Alkire, Verizon Wireless Director of Retail for the Kansas/Missouri region.

“We are pleased to honor the Women’s Safe House on such a grand stage,” said Brad Alkire, director of retail – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. “Their efforts to end domestic violence in St. Louis have made a tremendous difference in the lives of families experiencing domestic abuse and have raised community awareness of the need for prevention and intervention programs.”

The Women’s Safe House, founded in 1977, was the first domestic violence shelter is St. Louis. Their mission is to provide safe shelter and support services to battered women and their dependent children and to empower women to make informed choices about their futures. The primary goal of The Women's Safe House is to help women and their children escape the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe shelter, and programs that empower the women to live violence-free.

For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.

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