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Charitable Valentine’s Day Gifts From The Joyful Heart Foundation
Everyone loves Valentine’s Day, right? When shopping for gifts for this beloved holiday, why not have a heart and buy gifts that will benefit a fabulous cause, The Joyful Heart Foundation?
So what exactly is this cause all about?
According to the organization’s website, “When Mariska Hargitay started playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit over a decade ago, the content of the scripts, as well as the work she did to prepare for the role, opened her eyes to the epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. What she learned was staggering:
• One in three women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.
• Every two minutes in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted.
• Nearly four children die every day in this country as a result of child abuse and neglect. And up to ten million children witness domestic violence each year.
But what really opened her eyes—and subsequently, her heart—was the fan mail she received. The letters didn’t say, ‘I love your show. Can you send me an autographed picture?’ They said, ‘I was raped when I was fifteen. I’m forty now and I’ve never told anyone.’ Victims were disclosing their stories to her, many for the first time.
Mariska founded Joyful Heart in 2004 with the intention of helping survivors heal and reclaim their lives. Today, Joyful Heart’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
Since 2004, over 2,000 survivors have participated in Joyful Heart’s pioneering retreat and wellness programs, thousands more have taken that first important step to get help through our website, and our participation in national educational and media awareness campaigns has planted the seeds of a changed awareness in the lives of millions. This year alone, the Foundation will directly serve over 2,000 survivors and the professionals who care for them.”
So how exactly can you help?
Conveniently, Joyful Heart Foundation has partnered with a variety of companies, to offer traditional Valentine’s Day gifts: jewelry and chocolate.
One gift option is Me&Ro’s beautifully simple Joyful Wheel of Transformation Pendant, symbolizing overcoming obstacles and inspired completion in the wearer’s life.
Another option is the yummy and award-winning Gray and Smoked Salt Caramels from Fran’s Chocolates.
Proceeds from the purchase of Joyful Heart products will be donated directly to the Foundation’s mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
Why not consider these fabulous gifts this holiday season? Your loved ones will adore them and you will feel fabulous for giving them!