Hard working, innovative, driven, passionate, focused; these are adjectives often associated with successful online store owners. And while we at 3dcart admire, appreciate and applaud those virtues, it’s important that we all, particularly around the holidays, hit the pause button and give thanks.
In 2013, 3dcart experienced it’s most successful year to date, and we wouldn’t be able to stand here and say that without the unyielding support and encouragement given to us by our clients and industry partners. Working with you all is a privilege and a pleasure, and from our family to yours, thank you for helping to make 3dcart the fastest growing SaaS ecommerce solution on the market.
In an effort to show our gratitude rather than just voice it, we’ve decided to start a nationwide food drive to help support The Women in Distress of Broward County Inc., the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Florida. Their mission is to "stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.”
Starting today and until November 22nd, we’re asking all of our clients, partners, employees and local neighbors to either mail in – or bring into our office – nonperishable food items or unopened cosmetics. We will then hand deliver your donations and give them to some of the most courageous women we’ve ever met; women who could really use your help.
Meet some of the women you'll be helping!
Isabel -- My name is Isabel and I am 14 years old and live in the Women In Distress shelter. I want to say Thank You for helping me and my family. I really love it here. When I come home from school, Carla always says “Welcome home Isabel! How was your day?” That makes me feel like I am welcomed here. The advocates compliment me and it makes me feel good about myself.
I am very thankful for what Women In Distress has done for me, my little sister, my little brother and of course my Dad. You gave us shelter, a bed to lie on at night, food and positive people to help us when we were scared and down. I feel very grateful because I know there are many people that need you, adults and children alike, that wish they had the life I have now. So I thank you very much.
Izzy -- My name is Izzy*. I’m 15 years old, and I love Thursday nights. That’s the night my mom and I go to counseling. I attend the teen group, and I like that it’s just kids my age. It’s easier to talk about what I’ve been through when the other kids in the room have been through it too.
One of my first memories is at age 6, when I hid under the piano clutching my stuffed animal while my dad pushed my mom around. I used to try to get in the middle and stop my dad from hurting my mom. When he had a bad day at work, we would run away because it was better to be out there than with him at home.
After my parents divorced, my mom and I started going to Women In Distress. It’s been a few years now, and I see a change in both of us. My mom is definitely happier and less stressed, and I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to. I can really be somebody special.
My friends at school look forward to Fridays, and I always get excited with them. But secretly, I love Thursdays best.
*Participant name has been changed to protect confidentiality
Sharon -- My life isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m a full-time student with a full-time, night-shift job. For the first year of college, I didn’t have a car and took the bus anywhere I needed to go. But I loved every minute of those rides because my time was my own, and I was happy with the decisions I made.
Before I started college, I was with an emotionally abusive partner who controlled my every move. He would wait for me outside of my job and if I was even a few minutes late, he made the next few hours a nightmare. I came to stay at the Women In Distress shelter, and within a week they helped me find two jobs and an apartment. I worked with an advocate for more than a year to recover from the trauma and fear I endured.
4.0 – that’s my grade point average after two years of college. It can be tough, working a full-time job on a night shift and being a full-time student, but I’m nothing if not strong and determined. The past few years have certainly proved that.
Now, I’m going to school to get my degree in psychology, with the help of scholarships from Women In Distress. With two years left to go, I’m determined to use my degree to help others.
For those interested in helping 3dcart support The Women in Distress of Broward County Inc. this Thanksgiving, you can either send donations, or drop them off in person, to the address below.
Again, the food drive will close on November 22nd, and it’s important that you ship your items or drop them off at our office by that time.
Before we close, thanks in advance for your generosity and support. On behalf of the entire 3dcart team, as well as the amazing women of The Women in Distress of Broward County Inc., we cannot thank you enough.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone. Be safe, have fun, and let us know if you have any questions.