Eat to Beat Domestic Violence
(Leawood, KS) Debra Mills Wagner Beaver could have been making birthday plans to celebrate with her friends August 20th. Instead her friends will remember her birthday by doing good deeds August 6th through September 2nd that benefit SAFEHOME. It is the only accredited provider of shelter and comprehensive support services for victims of domestic violence in Johnson and Miami counties in Kansas. Debbie was killed by her estranged husband in 2012 as a result of domestic violence.
The Leawood woman, a University of Kansas graduate, mother and children’s ministry volunteer is remembered also for her sweet soul, wide smile and a courageous, successful fight against cancer, according to her friends. “Debbie was always ready to lend a hand to others; so, rather than focus on the destructive action taken by another, we use her birthday anniversary each year to do good deeds in Debbie’s name,” said Jan Helfer, coordinator of the women’s dinner group of which Debbie was a member.
“Domestic violence is the cause of death for THREE WOMEN A DAY in this country and this tragic statistic included Debbie,” said Helfer. SAFEHOME reports at least 14 people have died in the Kansas City area this year from domestic violence. “We have to talk to others about domestic violence,” she said. “We have to speak up and act out to help victims break through intimidation or shame.”
Supporting Activities for Deed for Debbie Day:
The Queen’s Price Chopper in Stanley, KS will host a special community donation drive and lunch event for SAFEHOME on Wednesday, August 20th, from 11am – 1pm. Customers may enjoy lunch inside the newly renovated dining area, have a chance to win prizes, receive free Unilever samples, and meet the on-air team from Wolf 106.5 FM. The Queen’s family of Price Choppers will make a $1 donation for every lunch ($3.99 or greater) purchased. Information about domestic violence counseling and prevention will be available. Volunteers also will be on hand to accept donations. Queen’s Price Chopper in Stanley is located at the corner of 151st St. and Metcalf.
The Futbol Club Eatery and Tap is also supporting Deed for Debbie Day with a fundraising event and donation drive. On Wednesday, August 20th from 5pm to 8pm, patrons are encouraged to eat and drink in honor of Debbie, and/or to join in the fight against domestic violence. The Futbol Club will donate a portion of all sales during that time period to SAFEHOME. Additionally, from August 20th through August 31st, patrons that bring a donation for SAFEHOME will receive a one-half price appetizer coupon (valid 8/21/-9/30/14.)
Recommended personal care items for donation include wound care products; Axe Body Wash, Deodorants and Sprays; Caress Body Wash; Tresemme Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Sprays; hair accessories; Degree/Dove Premium Antiperspirants and Deodorants: Simple Facial Wipes; Vaseline; St. Ives Spray lotions; diapers and make-up. The Futbol Club Eatery is located at 12030 W. Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park.
Unilever and its brands will make a donation to SAFEHOME and they are encouraging customers to do the same by using one of the $1, $5, or $10 donation tear sheets available at the check-out counters. Unilever brands supporting this effort are:
Axe Body Wash
Dove Men +Care Body Wash
Caress Body Wash
Tresemme Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Spray, Styling products
Degree / Dove Premium Antiperspirant and Deodorant
Simple Facial Wipes
Vaseline and St. Ives Spray Lotions
Axe Antiperspirants, Deodorants, and Sprays
All six of Queen’s Price Choppers are participating in this fund raising and domestic violence safety awareness campaign from August 6th through September 2nd, to support SAFEHOME. “This is a great opportunity for customers to stock up on their back-to-school health and beauty needs while supporting a worthy cause for their communities,” said Helfer.
The Price Chopper locations include:
Overland Park – 8686 Antioch Rd.
Stanley – 7201 W. 151st St.
Spring Hill – 22350 S. Harrison Rd.
Paola – 309 Hospital Road
Bonner Springs – 501 S. Commercial Dr.
Ottawa – 2138 Princeton Circle Dr. (new to the Price Chopper family of stores)
The SAFEHOME mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and education.