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A few weeks back, we teamed up with ABC's Be the Change: Save a Life and asked our community to create a valentine for victims of domestic and sexual violence around the world. The only instructions: "convey a piece of information, an instruction, a promise, or simply a message of hope, taking whatever form you choose: a card, a poster, or a tribute entirely your own."
The response was overwhelming: We received more than 50 submissions total from corners near and far.
Take a look at our 10 finalists, and vote for your favorite through Wednesday. The winning entry will receive a GOOD T-shirt and be published in the next issue of GOOD, and will be featured on good.is and our partner site www.saveone.net.
We'll then package up all of the submissions and distribute them to clinics and community centers in five cities around the world, to make sure they land in front of the people they're intended for. We'll share pics of where those valentines end up, so stay tuned.
"I'm very inspired by this GOOD project theme. We all came from a woman, so why not stand up for them? Especially on Valentine's Day, when most people think of really showing their love. We should show our love to everyone--ourselves and the world."
Created by: Anu Murthy
"With love, from a women's advocate at a domestic violence shelter."
Created by: Ashley Faircloth
"Violence, regardless of whether it is physical or psychological, has the ability to rob individuals of basic truths. Perhaps the most basic truth is also the one that is the hardest to comprehend, and the hardest to feel. So for my message, I want to remind these men and women of that simple, basic truth—you are loved. No matter who or where you are, know that you are loved."
Created by: Danielle Vaughn
"It is alright to feel helpless sometimes, stand up and walk forward because love is always around the corner. Happy Valentine's Day."
Created by: Geoffrey Chuang
"'We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.'
-2 Corinthians, 4:8-9
I pray that you can grow from the experiences you've been through, and that you live on with your life. Whether you've seen those good days, or even the worst, know you're my valentine this year. I pray for you, and love you even though we have yet to meet. You are one of my siblings through Christ. Valentine's day is a day to celebrate the love we have for each other. I love you, and I hope you remain strong, and prosper in what God has in store for you.
While my prayers will be with you and your loved ones, your sister through Christ—from Texas"
Created by: Jordan Raymond
"Love, affection, and care are the most enjoyable things these days. Keep those things up, and treasure them in your memories. Share the careness."
Created by: Monica Zamora
"Inspiring words of praise for women throughout all cultures to remind them how truly incredible they are."
Created by: Rachel Martin
"A little love is just as big, no matter how far. Everyone was influenced by love in some way as a child, but for some women this may have been the last glimpse they've seen. This combination of a family love letter and a gift from afar is to remind us that not everywhere is emotionally or physically safe for women and also remind a woman that she is not alone, nor unloved."
Created by: Vanessa Peterman
"I believe women in every walk of life matter and, given an opportunity, can rise above whatever problems they face to become stronger and contribute to the healing of the world. Give your heart wings."
Created by: Syndy Devery
"I value your humanity. I am on your side."
Created by: VMP GO