LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News Release) — KARK-TV has announced D.J.’s Day of Action for Tuesday, March 15. It’s an initiative aimed at helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The Day of Action will benefit Little Rock non-profit Women & Children First.
The effort is a direct result of reaction received to the promotional campaign featuring D.J. Williams and his mother sharing their story about past struggles as victims of domestic violence.
“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 three-part initiative aimed at creating awareness, providing resources and raising money for Women & Children First.
“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.
On Tuesday, March 15, KARK will dedicate a portion of each newscast to D.J.’s Day of Action and creating awareness for Women & Children First. In addition to stories and interviews about the group, KARK will asking viewers for monetary donations via telephone and the internet or to drop-off needed items at Hank’s Furniture Stores.
Here is the Top 10 list for donations for DJ’s Day of Action:
- Pillows & Pillow Cases
- Twin Sheet Sets
- Towels & Washcloths
- Pots, Pans, and Cooking Utensils
- Umbrella Strollers
- Pack N Plays
- High Chairs
- Dining Booster Seats
- Tide Pods
- Disinfecting Wipes/Spray
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 15!