News Release

Verizon Wireless Encourages Community to "Join in" and Support LACASA This Holiday Season

Brighton Store Collecting Donations For Shelter Residents

November 27, 2001

Michelle Gilbert

Dave Donovan

BRIGHTON, MI — The Verizon Wireless Communications Center in Brighton is collecting new, unwrapped gift items to be donated to LACASA, a domestic violence shelter serving Livingston County. The drive, being held now through December 21, is open to the public for participation.

Verizon Wireless is located at 8159 Challis Road at Grand River and I-96 (in front of Target). Donations will help many families who come to LACASA for support.

"At Verizon Wireless, we believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which our employees and customers live and work," said Al Covay, manager of Verizon Wireless' Brighton store. "Our employees are determined to fulfill every wish on LACASA's list. We invite the Livingston community to help us reach this goal."

The following "Wish List" items will assist LACASA residents now and through next year. (All donated items must be new, unwrapped and unopened.)

Kitchen/Cleaning Supplies
Baby food 1, 2 & 3
Baby juice
Baby formula
Boxed cereals
Canned fruit
Hamburger Helper
Coffee, creamer, sugar
Packaged rice and pasta mixes
Pancake mix and syrup
Soups, tuna fish, canned meats
Juice and juice boxes
Individual snacks
Spray and Wash, bleach
All purpose cleaners
Laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets
Dishwasher soap, SOS pads
Paper cups, plates and utensils
Garbage bags, 13 and 30 gallon size
All cleaning supplies

Children's Program
Acrylic paints, assorted colors
Craft fabrics and supplies
Painting mats (all sizes)
Assorted drawing charcoal
Fired ceramic pieces
Finger paints
Craft kits, glue sticks
Child-appropriate pillow kits
Children's scissors
Pen-light style flashlights
New white T-shirts (adult size S - XXL)
Photocopy paper, letter size (white and assorted colors)

First Aid/ Personal Care
Chapstick/lip balm
Adult cough drops/liquid
Adult flu medicines
Children's Tylenol
Children's cough syrup
First aid supplies
Diaper rash ointments
Diapers (all sizes), Diaper wipes

General Use
Rubbermaid storage containers
Bath-size towels
Batteries (all sizes)
Masking tape, duct tape
Alarm clocks
Scotch tape, packaging tape
Light bulbs (all watts)
Spiral notebooks, pocket folders
Full and twin mattress covers

Gift Certificates
Rite Aid
TargetHarmony House
Auto care
Gas cards
Calling cards
Movie passes
Any bowling alley
Any hair salon


LACASA, established in 1981, is a nonprofit agency in Livingston County that provides comprehensive services for domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse victims, their families and friends. It is the philosophy of LACASA that domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse are not private problems, but those that must be recognized and responded to by the entire community. LACASA provides emergency and transitional shelter, free and confidential counseling, support groups, on-call response services, legal and individual advocacy, sexual assault recovery assistance, prevention and education services, and information and referrals. LACASA also provides crisis line counseling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for immediate assistance, and information. Hotline phone numbers are: domestic violence 810-227-7100, and sexual assault 517-548-4228.

About Verizon Wireless

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