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Special events on tap to bring awareness to domestic violence

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services staff in Sunnyside is planning a number of events.

In addition to the events being planned, staff members will be handing out pins with purple ribbons to community members.

"We want the community to be aware of domestic violence issues," said Counselor Rosalinda Alvarez.

She stated that the center will be holding its annual yard sale this coming Saturday, Oct. 6, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. as a part of the events being planned.

"Currently, we only have three events planned, but we are hoping to have more," Alvarez stated.

Saturday, Oct. 13, the center will be hosting a health fair, featuring a variety of booths. "There will be organizations, such as Sunnyside Community Hospital, Wal-Mart, Curves, Consejo, K&J Collectibles and a snow cone booth operated by one local woman. There are several others that will also be there," said Alvarez.

She said Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services is dedicated to spreading awareness within the community, and victims of domestic violence need a place to obtain resources.

"We're really excited about these events to promote community awareness and to provide those resources," Alvarez commented.

This year is the first-ever health fair sponsored by the center and Alvarez is hoping it will be successful in promoting support for victims of domestic violence.

The third event planned by the staff at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services will be a "Survivor Day" prayer vigil on Monday, Oct. 15.

"It will be from noon to 1 p.m. and community members are invited to bring a photo, candles or speak at the event in memory of a loved one who may have been a victim of domestic violence," explained Alvarez.

She said the center is appreciative of the community members who have already shown support through donations for the yard sale.

The Miss Cinco de Mayo court will be present to help with both the yard sale and the health fair "...but we aren't sure yet if they will be at the vigil."

Anyone wishing to contact Alvarez or the center for more information or to become involved in these events can do so by calling 837-6689.

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