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Panther's Donte Jackson & Naot Hand Out 150 Shoes to Local Domestic Abuse Organization 

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

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October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

On Tuesday October 15th 2019, Donte Jackson of the Carolina Panthers teamed up with Naot Footwear, Vera Bradley and local Charlotte shoe retailer Feet First to donate 150 pairs of brand new shoes & blankets to Safe Alliance, a Charlotte based organization that helps victims impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.

The event was a success with Donte working one on one with the members of the program to help to fit them for shoes, answered questions, signed autographs and took pictures with them.

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Although we know that a center like Self Alliance is helping people who have escaped domestic abuse and can be in danger, all participating parties had agreed to this event in order to shine a spotlight on October as Domestic Abuse Awareness Month.

To try and imagine being in a position where you must leave all that you know and have in order to escape an abuser is very hard, but also a very real problem that many women and men face in the US.

Did you know?

- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men are impacted by Domestic Violence in their lifetime

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to more than 38,000 domestic violence related calls last year.

- Every 9 seconds a woman is physically abused in the United States

To bring them some comfort and hopefully put a smile on their faces, Naot Footwear along with the local store Feet First, were onsite helping to fit everyone for a new pair of donated shoes (150 in total). Additionally, Vera Bradley donated blankets, robes, mugs and journals on site.

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SAFE ALLIANCE: Safe Alliance is a nonprofit United Way member agency with more than 100 years of support to individuals and families.

“Our mission is to provide hope and healing for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. We do this through a variety of programs and services such as free, confidential 24/7 hotlines, violence victim shelters, sexual trauma resource centers, victim assistance court programs, as well as counseling and support groups.”

NAOT: Naot shoes, often referred to as “shoes of peace,” are a product of collaboration. Since 1942 Naot shoes have been crafted by hand through the combined efforts of people from different cultures and backgrounds. Naot shoes are made with materials of the highest quality. Fine Italian leathers and their signature insoles combined with advanced designs, make for an unparalleled combination of quality, fashion and comfort. Naot’s uniquely engineered insoles are made of natural cork and latex creating a flexible and shock absorbing base of superior support.

Naot believes that all people should have the opportunity to live comfortably and look stylish. Through their #NaotGivesBack campaign and with the help of various retailers and charities worldwide, Naot donates approximately 15,000 pairs of shoes and sandals each year. With this little addition to the lives of people less fortunate, Naot hopes their shoes will bring them joy and happiness one step at a time.

FEET FIRST: Feet First is a locally owned and operated shoe store with five locations in North Carolina, including Charlotte. They specialize in carrying comfortable and supportive footwear.

VERA BRADLEY: Vera Bradley is a leading designer of women’s handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories, and unique gifts. Founded in 1982, the brand’s innovative designs, iconic patterns, and brilliant colors continue to inspire and connect women in the global marketplace.

The Company’s commitment to bringing more beauty into women’s lives includes its dedication to breast cancer research through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer for which they have raised over $32 million to date.
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