Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) - Jerry and Linda Vandeveer said they had a sign in their front yard raising awareness for domestic violence. They had no problems for months, then recently, it disappeared on more than one occasion.
"We had a lot of people that would wave, and thumbs up, and say that's a good idea," Linda said.
They put the sign on their busy street, Baker near the Fairfield intersection, with hopes that more people would see it.
"If one person read it, and saw that, then that was fantastic," Linda said.
The message on the sign was simple. It read "Real Men Don't Abuse. They protect." They said their first sign targeted men because the majority of domestic abuse cases are against women. However, they said they are going to make new signs that also include women as the batters because they want to raise awareness to those situations as well.
The sign and appreciation were going well until around three weeks ago.
"We have it on surveillance camera that [two girls] stopped, picked up the sign, threw it in their trunk, and took off," Jerry said.
Six days later, after they replaced the sign, another man stopped and did the same thing.
"Your first reaction is to be upset and angry, and then, your second reaction is 'Aw how sad,'" Linda said.
The Vandeveers said they don't know why people would take the signs, but they decided to make it a positive for the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau which inspired their first sign.
"Our thought was to sell as many signs as we could and then give them the money," Jerry said.
They got Ramos Apparel to make the signs at-cost which is just under $3. The Vandeveers are selling the sign for $10, so the Women's Bureau will get more than $7 off of each sign sold.
"This is a small thing that we can do to maybe bring awareness to what actually goes on in our community, our state, our world," Linda said.
The signs should be ready by Tuesday evening. They want as many proceeds to go to the Bureau as possible.
The Vandeveers will begin selling the signs Wednesday across the street from the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial of Allen County during the 9/11 Memorial. They will also be selling them the next two Fridays at the Main Street Fresh Market.
They will present the money raised to the Women's Bureau on September 21 at the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event the Bureau holds at Headwaters Park.
The Vandeveers plan to continue selling the shirts even after the walk, and they want to expand the signs to t-shirts.
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