In the United States, November seems to kick off a season of love, hope, giving, and thankfulness. There are lots of ways to help, whether you serve food at a local soup kitchen or build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Even when you can’t volunteer your time for a cause, donations of money, food, clothing, or goods are almost always accepted.
Dr. Stong chooses to donate his time and skill to several different charities, but is especially passionate about the National Domestic Violence Project working in conjunction with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where he serves on the advisory council.
As a plastic surgeon, he sees the physical scars of domestic violence and through these organizations provides relief. But he is also very aware of the mental, emotional, and psychological scars that cannot be erased by his medical instruments. By spreading awareness, he hopes to provide courage for even one person to stand up and leave the abusive relationship.
Help and Hope Are Free
If you know someone trapped into a violent relationship, speak up. Step up. Lend your support and let them know they are not alone. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has helpful information, not just for victims of abuse, but also for their friends and family. This is a great place to start to gather information, to gather strength, and to gather courage. There are many ways to get help: call the hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or use the live chat option available on the website.
It’s never too late to help out, whether you help at a women’s shelter, a Boy’s & Girl’s club, or a local homeless mission. Check out these links to find out how to give back to the NCADV or the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. Giving back to our communities not only helps others, but nourishes your own soul.
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