E-Newsletter Holiday 2007

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Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is upon us and everywhere generosity and giving abound. In the spirit of the season, we have dedicated this winter e-newsletter to share some of the many ways you can support Break the Cycle while you are conducting your usual holiday activities - from shopping to celebrating.

At Break the Cycle, our work is not focused exclusively on ending domestic violence. In fact just as importantly, we aim to help young people build and sustain healthy relationships. There is truly no better time of year to celebrate healthy relationships than during the winter holiday season - with so many occasions to gather together family and friends.

In addition to the other opportunities highlighted in this e-newsletter, please consider promoting healthy, loving relationships during the holidays by giving someone you care about a Commitment to Strength necklace - created exclusively for and to benefit Break the Cycle by renowned jewelry designer Jennifer Leitzes. It is a special gift that is as meaningful as it is beautiful.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year.

Warm Regards,
Jessica

GoodShop - Buy to Benefit Break the Cycle

Not looking forward to the annual trip through crowded stores and parking lots? Want to make this holiday season more about giving than receiving? Shop from the comfort of your home and support Break the Cycle at the same time!

Just log on to GoodShop.com. GoodShop features top retailers like Apple, Nordstrom, Old Navy and Target. Each store donates a portion of its proceeds. Select "Break the Cycle (Los Angeles)" as the charity of your choice, then simply click the store you want and browse their catalogue. Every purchase you make through the GoodShop portal will benefit Break the Cycle's work nationwide. There are no special fees or restrictions. It is that simple.

GoodShop’s easy-to-use interface even allows you to see how much each store is giving before you open their catalogue. Choose wisely - some stores give up to ten percent!

Having trouble finding what you are looking for? GoodShop allows you to organize stores by their category. You won’t find that in a mall!

Still searching? Use GoodShop’s parent organization, GoodSearch, to find what you need. It works just like Google or Yahoo. Just designate Break the Cycle as the charity of your choice and for every search you make, we will receive a small donation.

Ride the GivingExpress

American Express is sharing the spirit of giving! Now through December 31, AmEx will double your Membership Rewards points when you donate through their GivingExpress program.

It’s easy! Just go to American Express Online to make your donation. Follow their step-by-step instructions to set up a one-time or recurring donation to Break the Cycle.

Have enough points already? You can donate them too! Break the Cycle will receive $8 for every 1,000 points you donate to us. Visit American Express Online to redeem your Membership Rewards today.

GivingExpress even allows you to dedicate your donation. You can give in honor or memory of a friend or loved one. The GivingExpress also allows you to specify which of Break the Cycle’s programs you would like to support.

So get ready to ride the GivingExpress and support Break the Cycle this holiday season!

Party for a Purpose

This year, host a holiday party that also raises awareness and donations for Break the Cycle!

Anything from a Hanukkah dinner to a New Year’s Eve party can be turned into a fundraiser and awareness-building event for Break the Cycle. Any donation, no matter how small, will help us help teens build lives and communities free from domestic violence.

Below are some tips for hosting a great party:

  • Use Evite.com to create free online invitations. Choose from a number of different holiday designs and personalize them with your own message.
  • Mention Break the Cycle in the invitation. Write your own message or include this text: "Join us for a [theme] party to benefit Break the Cycle! Suggested donations of $[amount] are requested to support Break the Cycle’s life-saving domestic violence work! RSVP by [Month, Day]."
  • At the party, pass out information about healthy relationships. Visit our online community, The Safe Space, for sample handouts. Be creative and incorporate the messaging into the design and theme of your party.
  • Pass out Break the Cycle’s Pledge Card. These cards make giving easy and ensure donors will receive a tax receipt for their generous gift.

For a complete party package, sign up for our Valentine’s Anytime Party. Be sure to send us pictures! We look forward to hearing about your successful party and wish you a happy holiday season.

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