Verizon Wireless Encourages Community to "Join in" and Support LACASA This Holiday Season

BRIGHTON, MI — The Verizon Wireless Communications Center in Brighton is collecting new, unwrapped gift items to be donated to LACASA, a domestic violence shelter serving Livingston County. The drive, being held now through December 21, is open to the public for participation.

Verizon Wireless is located at 8159 Challis Road at Grand River and I-96 (in front of Target). Donations will help many families who come to LACASA for support.

"At Verizon Wireless, we believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which our employees and customers live and work," said Al Covay, manager of Verizon Wireless' Brighton store. "Our employees are determined to fulfill every wish on LACASA's list. We invite the Livingston community to help us reach this goal."

The following "Wish List" items will assist LACASA residents now and through next year. (All donated items must be new, unwrapped and unopened.)

Kitchen/Cleaning Supplies Baby food 1, 2 & 3 Baby juice Baby formula Boxed cereals Canned fruit Hamburger Helper Coffee, creamer, sugar Packaged rice and pasta mixes Pancake mix and syrup Soups, tuna fish, canned meats Juice and juice boxes Individual snacks Spray and Wash, bleach All purpose cleaners Laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets Dishwasher soap, SOS pads Paper cups, plates and utensils Garbage bags, 13 and 30 gallon size All cleaning supplies

Children's Program Acrylic paints, assorted colors Craft fabrics and supplies Painting mats (all sizes) Assorted drawing charcoal Fired ceramic pieces Finger paints Craft kits, glue sticks Child-appropriate pillow kits Children's scissors Pen-light style flashlights New white T-shirts (adult size S - XXL) Photocopy paper, letter size (white and assorted colors)

First Aid/ Personal Care Chapstick/lip balm Adult cough drops/liquid Adult flu medicines Children's Tylenol Children's cough syrup First aid supplies Diaper rash ointments Diapers (all sizes), Diaper wipes

General Use Rubbermaid storage containers Bath-size towels Batteries (all sizes) Flashlights Masking tape, duct tape Alarm clocksScotch tape, packaging tape Light bulbs (all watts) Spiral notebooks, pocket folders Full and twin mattress covers

Gift Certificates Wal-Mart Meijer VG's Kroger Rite Aid TargetHarmony House McDonalds Auto care Gas cards Calling cards Movie passes Any bowling alley Any hair salon

About LACASA

LACASA, established in 1981, is a nonprofit agency in Livingston County that provides comprehensive services for domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse victims, their families and friends. It is the philosophy of LACASA that domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse are not private problems, but those that must be recognized and responded to by the entire community. LACASA provides emergency and transitional shelter, free and confidential counseling, support groups, on-call response services, legal and individual advocacy, sexual assault recovery assistance, prevention and education services, and information and referrals. LACASA also provides crisis line counseling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for immediate assistance, and information. Hotline phone numbers are: domestic violence 810-227-7100, and sexual assault 517-548-4228.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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