HONOLULU (KHON2) – Who Was St. Valentine? No one really knows. Vatican Unsure of any story in his life. He was officially removed from the Catholic calendar in 1969, but the Church continues to recognize his martyrdom simply because of his popularity.
The Domestic Violence Action Center has announced its theme for the 2023 Valentine’s Season: Safe Love. DVAC said to let love blossom safely.
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“The goal is to promote safe love,” said Nancy Kreidman, CEO of DVAC. “Safe love is the kind where we can be ourselves and in the presence of another be the best we can be, growing through love to be who we are.”
DVAC is working to raise awareness of domestic violence and what it means for those who are at risk.
You can help DVAC work to protect those affected by domestic violence by purchasing orchids this Valentine’s. Orchids are being supplied by Penny’s Orchids, a local orchid farmer, who is providing potted Phalaenopsis orchids.
“I’m happy to support this effort because domestic violence affects our entire community,” Penny said, “and this is my way of helping our community thrive.”
orchids are on sale online Plus the KCC Farmers Market on Saturday, February 11th from 7:30am to 11:00am
“Safe love thrives in an environment where there is no harm, fear, withholding or retaliation. Safe love is what the Domestic Violence Action Center is dedicated to helping island families achieve,” Kreidman said.
For those who want to be a part of this fundraiser, the orchids come in an assortment of colors. People can choose the plants they like the most.
Peonies said orchids are easier to maintain year-round, unlike roses, which have a shorter shelf life and a massive carbon foot print.
“According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women experiences sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime,” Kreidman said.
“If we can teach our community the notion of safe love and nonviolence, we may be able to prevent the onset of abusive and controlling relationships in the future,” Kreidman said.
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DVAC said Kreidman firmly believes that safe families are at the core of a healthy community.
“It all starts with safe love; It’s the kind of love that everyone deserves,” Kreidman explained.