On December 5, Verizon Wireless and Atlanta Falcons teammates Thomas DeCoud and Steven Jackson set out to spread some special holiday cheer for the residents of My Sister’s House in Alpharetta Georgia. The 264 bed facility provides women, and women with children with overnight shelter and residential discipleship programs. Nearly 90 children listened as Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud and running back Steven Jackson read stories, participated in arts and crafts, and signed autographs. In support of the efforts made by Atlanta Mission regarding their work with domestic violence as a part of their Personal Development Program residential curriculum; Verizon presented a $12,000 donation from HopeLine and nearly 50 coats for the children of My Sister’s House via an employee drive at their campus.
President of Verizon Wireless Georgia/Alabama territory John LeCompte had this to say about the festive affair, “We have a long history of supporting organizations that work to prevent domestic violence and support women and children in need, and it was our privilege to host this event.” “Our employees jumped in to volunteer, donate coats and support the Mission and we were thrilled that Steven Jackson and Thomas DeCoud could join us to make the event even more special for the kids.”
Since the inception of HopeLine in 2001, Verizon has sponsored over 18.1 million in monetary grants on behalf of domestic violence organization across the nation. They have also allocated almost 151,000 phones and 453 million minutes for victims, survivors, and service organizations to use. “We are so thankful to Verizon for their support, our vision is for a city unified in ending homeless, and last night’s event is a perfect example of Atlanta coming together to serve women and children in need” declared Atlanta Mission media relation manager, Britton Clark.
There was enough holiday cheer and good spirits to go around with many feeling the gift that only volunteering can bring. Verizon, with the help of the Atlanta Falcons organization provided much needed love and support to attendees and residents of My Sister’s House. The spirit of giving goes along way, and with the support of Verizon and the Atlanta Falcons charity truly begins from the heart.