NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans will again team up with the Nashville YWCA Weaver Domestic Violence Shelter to host the annual "Undie Sunday" charity stadium drive at LP Field as the Titans kick off the 2012 season against the New England Patriots on Sunday, September 9 at noon CDT.
"Families frequently come to our shelter with little or nothing because often they have had to leave their homes quickly," explained YWCA CEO, Pat Shea. "A new pair of underwear for a woman fleeing domestic violence is one small step towards gaining back their dignity and self-respect."
The collection will take place from 10:00AM – 12:30PM. The YWCA will have volunteers stationed at the seven charity drop sites around LP Field to collect donations. The most needed items are
- New underwear for women and children (boys and girls, infant to 18)
- New bras for women
- New socks for women and children (boys and girls, infant to 18)
- New pajamas for women and children (boys and girls, infant to 18)
This marks the fifth year that the Titans have hosted a drive for the YWCA to help collect undergarments for the women and children at the shelter. Recent statistics show that the YWCA's Weaver Center provides approximately 400 women and children almost 16,000 nights of safety and healing each year. The YWCA helps families leave abusive households and start new lives.
"Our ongoing relationship with the Titans helps the YWCA raise awareness about domestic violence in Middle Tennessee." added Shea. "The Tennessee Titans help us provide safety and healing to women and children who are leaving violent homes."
The Tennessee Titans are proud to support the YWCA in a variety of ways throughout the year! For more information about the YWCA, log on to their website at www.ywcanashville.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, call the YWCA (615) 242-1199 or 1 (800) 334-4628.
Joining the Titans again this year as gameday charity drive partners is American Paper & Twine, a business partner with the Titans. American Paper & Twine will provide trucks and drivers to collect and then deliver items for all of the charity drives, eliminating the costs and services previously incurred by the individual charities.
"We are very pleased with the fact that American Paper & Twine have joined us again this year in our efforts to help our neighbors with these drives," said Titans Executive Vice-President Don MacLachlan. "The Doochin family (owners of the company) has a great tradition of charitable efforts and this is another outstanding example of their willingness to help others."
"American Paper & Twine Co. is honored to be able to reach out and help people in need by assisting both the Titans and their charitable partners in these game-day drives," said Bob Doochin, President and CEO of the company.
American Paper & Twine Company's tradition of trust began over 84 years ago in 1926 when two young men, Nathan Doochin and Milton Lockenbach, saw an opportunity to create a niche in the expanding Nashville wholesale market. Eighty-four years later, American Paper & Twine has become a leader in the wholesale distribution of office, packaging, janitorial and food service products.
For more information on American Paper & Twine, please visit http://www.shopapt.com/index.htm.
Future gameday charity drives this season include the LP PENCIL Box drive vs Detroit on Sept. 23; Titans Foundation Coat drive vs Indianapolis on Oct. 28; Second Harvest Food Bank drive vs Chicago on Nov. 4 and U.S. Marines Corps Reserves "Toys for Tots" drive vs Houston on Dec. 2.