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Movers helping ease pain for domestic abuse victims

Posted May 8, 2015

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— Some local movers are easing the pain of domestic abuse victims and delivering what they are calling Mother’s Day miracles.

Movers for Moms is a campaign to help victims of domestic violence. The company Two Men and a Truck picks up donated gifts and supplies for women living in shelters such as Interact of Wake County.

“When families leave in the middle of the night, when they leave these situations, they often leave with just about nothing,” Interact shelter director Delana Epps-Robinson said. “So, these donations help to provide those things for these ladies.”

Joe Vito, operations manager for Two Men and a Truck, lost his wife to cancer a year ago. He decided to donate her entire wardrobe to the cause.

“It was tough going into the closet, especially for the first couple of months,” he said. “But it's been a year, and we are excited to do this.”

Vito’s boss says this is a good fit.

“Two Men and a Truck was actually founded by a mother,” co-owner Brook Wilson said. “And as a woman-owned business in a very male-dominated industry. I think it's very important to partner with a cause that supports women.”

Two Men and a Truck also helps by moving domestic violence victims out of their homes and into a safe environment - even if that means moving them quickly in the middle of the night.

Survivors of domestic violence said they are deeply appreciative of the campaign and the mission of the shelters that receive the boxes of supplies.

“Interact is a wonderful organization,” said Othaey Alston, a domestic abuse survivor. “We empower women. Not only do we empower them, we give them the courage to have a voice and to move on from a situation that was causing the pain.”

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