Surprise goes purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month; collects donations for New Life Center
Surprise, AZ (October 1, 2019) Mayor Hall officially proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” at tonight’s Regular City Council Meeting.
Conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” was created to connect advocates across the nation who are working to end violence against women and their children, mourn those who have died because of domestic violence and to celebrate those who have survived.
Purple is the nationally-recognized color signifying domestic violence awareness.
The city will join organizations valley wide and will light both Surprise City Hall and the city’s public safety building purple through October. The Arizona State Capitol dome will also be lit purple as a symbol of strength and hope in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.
Residents are encouraged to join the city by wearing purple clothing or a purple ribbon throughout the month.
Additionally, this year’s national “Purple Thursday” is October 24; show your support by wearing purple and tagging the city on social media using the hashtags #PaintSurprisePurple and #PurpleThursday.
Surprise will also be accepting donations of gently-used clothing (women, children and men) and toys in support of New Life Center, a west valley non-profit organization that serves more than 1,000 children and adults annually through emergency shelter and outreach support programs.
Donation boxes will be available on the first floor of Surprise City Hall (16000 N Civic Center Plaza) and in the lobby areas of the Surprise Police Department and Surprise Fire Administration in the Public Safety Building (14250 W Statler Plaza) beginning October 7. Donations must be received by 5 p.m. on October 21.
Donated items will be made available at Hope’s Closet, 415 N Litchfield Road, a charity thrift store owned and operated by New Life Center.
Visit ItCanStop.AZ.gov for more ideas on how to participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Millions of men and women are victimized by domestic violence each year. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org.
Additionally, the Surprise Resource Center partners with New Life Center, Sojourner Center, Eve’s Place, Hope Women’s Center and New Leaf’s Faith House to support victims of domestic violence.
The Surprise Resource Center is located on the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Road Suite 124. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter or call 623.222.1600.