Give the Gift of Peace this Holiday season

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and Jacksons Food Stores are teaming up for the 10th time to bring Idaho the Give the Gift of Peace campaign. This campaign aims to raise money to help bring awareness to these issues in the community.

“The campaign will raise funds for the prevention, education and support of victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as adolescents experiencing relationship abuse,” said Hannah Drabinski, who works with Idaho Coalition.

“The purpose is to create compassionate communities, free of violence.”

This campaign is also held in other states such as Oregon, Nevada and Washington. All contributions will stay in the state they are donated in.

“Every dollar donated in Idaho is a dollar that will directly help prevent or respond to domestic violence or adolescent relationship abuse in the communities we live in,” Drabinski said. “John Jackson’s promise to match individual donations up to $75,000 means there is potential for the impact of every contribution to be doubled.”

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence was founded in 1980 and has been creating safer and better educated communities ever since. Programs such as these are vital to a growing college community like Boise.

According to the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center’s website, 21 percent of college students report having experienced dating violence by a current partner.  Thirty-two percent of students experienced dating violence by a pervious partner.

An astonishing one-third of college students report having physically assaulted a dating partner in the previous 12 months and as many as one-fourth of female students experience sexual assault over the course of their college career.

“Creating compassionate communities where every woman and girl, man and boy can live a life free of violence is something that connects us all,” Drabinski said. “During the 2012 Idaho Give the Gift of Peace campaign, $44,000 was raised directly benefiting victims of domestic violence and adolescent relationship abuse here in Idaho.”

The event starts every year on Thanksgiving day and goes on until Dec. 25. Contributions can be made at every Jacksons Food Store in Idaho, and can be made in increments of $1, $5, or $10. Contributions can also be made online.

“If someone can’t make it to a Jacksons Food store or don’t have one in their area, they can make a donation through our website, now through Dec 25 and we will take all contributions to a Jacksons Food Store as part of the Give the Gift of Peace campaign,” said Drabinski

For more information on Idaho Coalition Against and the Give the Gift of Peace campaign, visit www.engagingvoices.org or www.jacksonsfoodstores.com.

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Madison Killian

Madison Killian is the assistant Arts & Entertainment editor for the Arbiter, and a junior at Boise State majoring in Communications. She enjoys loud rock music, coffee and long walks on the beach. When she isn't jet setting around campus or interviewing your favorite band, she enjoys spending time with her pets: a dog named Jake and a cat named after Janis Joplin.