FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 28, 2019
Chris Davies, Associate Director, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition
(801) 521-5544 ext.100
Fiona Gwozdz, PR Director, Oliver Russell
(503) 334 -7214
15th Annual “Gift of Peace” Campaign by Jacksons Food Stores Calls on the Community to Help End Domestic Violence
“Peace Doves” Donations will Support the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition
BOISE, ID — During this season of giving, now through Dec. 25, Jacksons Food Stores will match tax-deductible donations dollar-for-dollar in support of the fifteenth annual Gift of Peace campaign to help end domestic violence. Customers who donate $1, $5, or $10 will receive a paper peace dove to hang in support of survivors and help bring visibility to the campaign in Jacksons Food Stores and Jacksons-owned ExtraMile stores across six western states, including Utah.
The annual Gift of Peace campaign has raised over $1.35 million in donations since it began in 2004. Last year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Jacksons Food Stores and its customers raised a total of $187,314 ($93,657 matched dollar-for-dollar by Jacksons) for state domestic violence coalitions in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.
Customers in Utah showed solidarity and generosity towards domestic violence survivors by contributing $6,794 to the cause in 2018. Jacksons matched this amount to further amplify the community’s impact and support the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition with a total contribution of $13,588.
“Our aim in 2019 is to encourage more donations than ever before,” said Cory Jackson, president of Jacksons Food Stores. “These funds help raise community awareness about the problem of domestic violence and provide essential resources for survivors and their children. We want to make this the most impactful year of our Peace Doves campaign yet.”
All Utah customer contributions directly support the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, a 501c3 nonprofit that advocates for policies and practices that enhance victim safety and raises awareness of the need for prevention and intervention by supporting programs that provide direct services to victims and training programs for support professionals across the state. According to Chris Davies, Associate Director of the Coalition, member organizations provide services ranging from emergency shelter, housing, public policy and advocacy, to counseling and other supports for survivors and their families.
“Jacksons’ Gift of Peace campaign does more than raise funds - it shows survivors that their community supports them and sees the problem of domestic violence as one we all must work on together to solve,” said Davies. “Our collective impact can and does change lives.”
Customers can make a tax-deductible donation for a peace dove to support the campaign at any Jacksons Food Store or ExtraMile convenience store November 27 through December 25.
About Jacksons Food Stores
Since John D. Jackson founded Jacksons in 1975 as a single service station, the Idaho-headquartered company has grown to be a nationally recognized chain of more than 250 company-operated convenience stores in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Utah under the Jacksons Food Stores and ExtraMile Convenience Store brands. In addition, Jackson Energy now wholesales branded fuel to more than 900 locations throughout 9 western states.
About the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition
The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is a nationally recognized, private, non-profit organization providing expertise concerning issues of domestic and sexual violence to member programs, community partners and others in Utah. Founded in 1978 by the Utah Division of Child and Family services, the Coalition's efforts are directed toward advocacy, education and training, supporting survivors with a direct 24-hour confidential hotline, and collaborating with key stakeholders and policy makers to build a network of comprehensive, trauma-informed statewide services and responses. You can find out more at udvc.org.