Yesterday, I posted a link to a donation site, to help a woman named Ashley raise funds to get a tattoo removed. A tattoo that came with a pretty sad story. Today, I'm happy to announce that the donation goal has been met! Thank you to so many people. It does matter. Very special thanks to "Maxine" who left this note on the website, with an extremely generous gift of $575:
On January 12, 2002, my grandmother Maxine was gunned down by a male acquaintance in an act of cowardice and violence. This heinous act ended a cycle of mental and physical abuse which she went to great lengths to hide from her family. If anyone reading this thinks that they have to suffer for the love and attention of another, get out, seek help, become like Ashley, a survivor. The pain experienced by my family is relived in the news far too often. So here's to you and your sister Ashley, thanks be to any higher power that you got out.
Also, just in, this note from Ashley:
I'm speechless right now!!!! I don't know how to express how this makes me feel ♡ this is so crazy. I'll be able to wear a reception dress at my wedding next year. I'm so thankful to you all! You are helping me close this chapter in my life... and my new life going to be amazing!
Thank you ♥
Congrats, Ashley. And anyone experiencing domestic violence, please find the power to call one of these numbers right away. You matter, too.