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Verizon Wireless Launches 5th Annual 'Kids In Need Holiday Drive' In Connecticut

WALLINGFORD, CT — To make the holidays a little brighter for children living in domestic violence shelters, Verizon Wireless is conducting its annual 'Kids In Need Holiday Drive' for the fifth consecutive year at its Communications Stores throughout New England. Each store has 'adopted' a local domestic violence shelter in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and will collect from the community new unwrapped toys, games, and books for children ranging in age from infants to teens.

Now through December 15, the Verizon Wireless Communications Stores listed at the end of this release (with their individual shelter matches) will serve as drop-off points for the Kids In Need Holiday Drive. Verizon Wireless' chief community relations initiative is domestic violence awareness and prevention. The Kids In Need Holiday Drive is an extension of that initiative focused on children, the most innocent victims of domestic violence.

In an ongoing show of support, Connecticut television stations News Channel 8 (WTNH) and UPN-9 have signed on as broadcast sponsors for this year's Kids In Need Holiday Drive.

"Unfortunately, there are many children who live in shelters with their mothers, having fled their homes because of domestic abuse. When they flee, most children just have the clothes on their back, often leaving a favorite toy, game or book behind," said Bob Stott, president of the New England Region for Verizon Wireless. "As a company we have a long-standing commitment of helping victims of domestic violence. This is one more way we can help - particularly when agencies serving domestic violence victims tell us they need support this year more than ever."

Through its HopeLine® program, Verizon Wireless puts wireless phones, airtime and voice mailboxes to work to combat domestic violence. The company understands that domestic violence is an epidemic that devastates neighbors, friends and co-workers, and dedicates its resources to both the prevention of domestic violence and the life rebuilding process. As a result of HopeLine and related phone recycling programs, Verizon Wireless, in the last four years, has collected more than two million phones and donated $8 million in financial grants, phones and services to domestic violence organizations and advocacy groups across the country.

The following Verizon Wireless stores are accepting Kids In Need donations:

Store / Street / Phone / Recipient / Shelter

Avon: 530 Bushy Hill Road. (Route 44) 860-651-4002 Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury

Danbury: 15 Federal Road (Brookfield) 203-740-3700 Women's Center of Greater Danbury

Enfield: 136 Elm Street 860-745-3300 Network Against Domestic Abuse/ Enfield

Fairfield: 1201 Kings Highway East 203-366-5200 Center for Women & Families/Bridgeport

Farmington:West Farms Mall 860-521-1311 Interval House/ Hartford

Manchester: 82D Buckland St. (Burr Corners)860-643-1160 United Services Domestic Violence Program/ Willimantic and Dayville

Meriden: 470 Lewis Ave 203-639-9097 Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis

Milford: Westfield Shopping Town 203-878-0133 Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven

Newington: 3219 Berlin Turnpike 860-666-9019 Prudence Crandall Center For Women/ New Britain

North Haven: 91 Washington Avenue 203-239-0000Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven

Norwalk: 48 Westport Avenue 203-840-0021 Center for Women & Families/Bridgeport

Old Saybrook:105 Elm St. (next to Stop & Shop)860-388-1106Domestic Violence Valley Shore Services/Westbrook

Orange:116 Boston Post Road203-795-6259 The Umbrella/ Ansonia

Stamford: 972 High Ridge Rd.Stamford Town Center203-968-6116 203-325-3282Domestic Abuse Services/GreenwichYWCA

Torrington: 1891 East Main Street 860-496-7778Susan B. Anthony Project

Trumbull: Trumbull Mall 203-374-6012 Center for Women & Families/Bridgeport

Waterford: Crystal Mall 860-405-2200 Women's Center of Southeastern CT

West Hartford: Corbins Corner 860-313-5200 Interval House/ Hartford

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