The third annual Heels to Heal Walking Out on Domestic Violence was held on Sunday October 14 in Charlotte, NC. Executive Director, Avia Terry witnessed her mother being raped and abused when she was a child and knew as an adult she wanted to help women take a stand. Three years ago she birthed the Heels to Heal Project which provides the community an opportunity to help domestic violence survivors by donating heels and other types of footwear. The goal is to help women walk out on domestic violence.
“We would like to help those walking out on domestic violence to feel supported, beautiful, and unstoppable. Sometimes, its as simple as owning a pair of shoes”
This years event was held in uptown Charlotte at Studio Movie Grill with four speakers: Pamela Blount, Marcia Fisher, Dr. Keshia Keith and Natalynn Pertonella. It was a an event filled with testimonies, fun, vendors and raffles.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month which began in 1981. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten at the hands of their partner. It is Heels to Heal vision that they touch lives by raising awareness to domestic violence.
The event is held annually in October, however, volunteers and donations are welcome year round. The donations are especially welcome during the peak season of July-October. Avia is looking to expand the project to multiple cities across the US. For more information, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and also check out the website www.heelstohealproject.com.
If you are in and around the Greater Charlotte area the following donations are welcome:
-Dental Hygiene Products
-Deodorant, Hand Sanitizer, Brush/comb, lotion,
-New Socks (women and children)
-New or used women or children shoes,