D.J.'s Day of Action Now Underway!

Effort Aimed to Help Domestic Violence Victims

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release) --  D.J.’s Day of Action, an initiative aimed at helping victims of domestic violence, is now underway!  The Day of Action will benefit Little Rock non-profit Women & Children First as part of KARK's Victory Over Violence campaign.

You can make a donation to W&CF by calling 501-340-4922 or donating online.

KARK 4 TODAY personality and former Razorback D.J. Williams is a survivor of domestic violence.  This is his way of giving back to groups who helped his family.

“It is inspiring to see D.J. have such a successful life and use his influence and success to give back to WCF,” said Sarah Pollack, Development Director at Women & Children First. “It is such an encouragement to all of us who work here, reminding us of the change in peoples’ lives that we are helping to make.”

“I’ve been fortunate to be helped by others throughout my life,” said D.J. Williams.  “This is a great way to ensure other people get a helping hand and the opportunity to succeed.”

D.J.’s Day of Action is an initiative aimed at creating awareness, providing resources and raising money for Women & Children First. On March 14,  KARK will dedicate a portion of each newscast to D.J.’s Day of Action.  In addition to stories and interviews about the group, KARK will ask viewers for monetary donations via telephone and the internet or to drop-off needed items at Hank’s Furniture Stores.

“The shelter depends so much on the generosity of our community to continue to meet the needs of our guests,” added Pollack. “The Day of Action is just another great example of our community rallying behind us and providing the support we need as we empower our guests to break the cycle of violence.”

For those who aren’t familiar with Women & Children First, here’s what they provide to Arkansas:

  • Emergency Shelter: accommodations were provided to 581 individuals, representing more than 6,972 shelter days.

  • Advocacy Program: provided crisis intervention, case management, and emotional support totaling over 1,600 hours of group and individual support.

  • Domestic Violence Hotline: answered over 3,500 crisis calls.

  • Court Advocacy Program: provided more than 1,000 women with legal support and court accompaniment.

  • Transitional Housing: provided more than 500 case management hours and support services to 38 clients seeking permanent housing free of violence after leaving the shelter.

  • Children’s Program: served over 200 children in the shelter, in addition to educational and group support activities.

If you'd like to drop-off donations for D.J.'s Day of Action, here are the top 10 items needed at Women & Children First facilities:

  • 13 Gallon Trash Bags

  • Dish Washing Liquid

  • M/L Latex Gloves

  • Car seats/ Boosters

  • Pack N Play's

  • Shower Curtains

  • Box Fans

  • Women (Sz. 5-10) & Children Underwear

  • Sweatpants & Sweatshirts (Sz. SM-3X)

  • VISA Gifts Cards

The drop off locations are the Hank’s Furniture Stores in:

  •     Little Rock - 1000 S. Bowman, 72211

  •     North Little Rock - 5704 Warden Road, 72120

  •     Hot Springs - 3926 Central Avenue, 71913

  •     Conway - 800 Museum Road, 72032

  •     Searcy - 401 S Poplar St, 72143

Make plans to join D.J. and participate in D.J.’s Day of Action Tuesday, March 14!

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