A few days ago a close friend of mine sent me a news article about a California-based moving company, Meathead Movers, that is helping women and children affected by domestic violence move for free.
Chills instantly spread down my spine and tears filled my eyes as I read about this amazing act of kindness.
What these movers are doing impacts me on a very deep personal level. I am a survivor of domestic violence and four years ago this upcoming December marks the day that my life changed forever and the place I called home was instantly gone.
The police called me that day and told me to pack what would fit in my car and leave. I was told not to panic and panic is exactly what I did. How do you pack up a life in thirty minutes or less? You don’t. You leave it all behind.
Women and children that flee domestic violence are often in the same shoes. We grab what we can and make a run for it.
Many have to leave with only the clothes on their backs. If you’re lucky, like I was, you end up in a safe house or shelter where you can catch your breath and contemplate starting a new life with little to nothing.
Granted, things are just things. But these things make up a life and help you begin a new one. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me to have an old familiar blanket, stack of photos, and my diplomas hanging on my wall. These seemingly tiny comforts have helped ease the transition and enabled me to let go while being grateful for what I have.
To have it all moved and here with me now would be like a fairy-tale come true. And, thanks to these men, for some future survivors this will be a reality.
Meathead Movers has partnered with a non-profit, Good Shepherd Shelter, and believes that this will not only help the people they serve but the movers themselves. The company stated in an article published by L.A. Weekly that their employees are “consisting of predominantly young men who believe that real men don’t hit women, real men help those in need”. A powerful message to send out in a time when the problem of domestic violence remains as prevalent as ever.
Financial constraints often leave women feeling trapped in their abusive situation. They, understandably, don’t want to lose it all. Starting over is scary at any age. Now some of them don’t have to lose it all. That simple knowledge could lead more women to make the decision to leave their abuser.
Suddenly it’s no longer things that are being saved but entire lives.
This act of kindness is a ripple in the world and it is one that has washed over me. I am incredibly moved by these movers willing to take a stand and make an amazing difference in the lives of strangers. I will remember these kind men and their incredible gesture to make the world a better place for people just like me.
Goodness truly does exist.
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