supporting Stop Abuse in Families

May 5, 2018

We have a lot of respect for the work that SAIF does.

Abuse in families is much more common than most of us want to believe. I recently had a very emotional discussion with a customer & friend of ours that is currently going through some very challenging things, in her own home. And without going into much detail, I had a lot of respect for this woman before I knew of these struggles. And now, if it’s possible I admire her even more. She’s using SAIF to heal, to learn and to one day help others who are in a similar situation.

Around Christmas time a local teacher reached out to me about a mother and two boys from her school going through domestic abuse. They were putting on a fundraiser with silent auction items to get her some help. I reached out to our community and was so grateful for our customers and fellow small businesses for stepping up with donations. That fundraiser that this wonderful teacher organized raised enough money to get mom and the boys to a safe place.

Emotional and physical abuse knows no age, demographic, gender or race – it happens behind closed doors, in the places that one should feel the safest. It rips apart families. And it needs to stop and it needs to be talked about. SAIF has been in operation since 1989, providing counselling, violence prevention and education programs. It’s an organization that is unfortunately SO needed in our community. And if we’re able to help a little bit by making some pizzas, we’re all for that.

We celebrated our first birthday in St Albert on May 5 with Buy One, Get One Free Pizzas with $1 from each pizza we made is going directly to the programs at Stop Abuse in Families. Programs that might be helping your friends, your classmates, your neighbour or your customers. We made 489 pizzas and collected $180 of donations for our friends at SAIF . We dropped off a cheque for $700 that will go to their programs to help families going through domestic abuse. As always, we are so proud that we can make even a little difference in someone’s life, who needs it, with our LOVEPIZZA Gives initiatives.