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Survival Stories Giveaway!

We’re working in collaboration with our local Wichita digital advertising agency, Lee Media Group, to give back together. Submit your story (anonymously) for the chance to win an Ava Said $200 gift card. We want to hear about a life lesson you’ve overcome or if you’re overcoming one currently with the pandemic. Your story could help someone else going through similar hardship AND if chosen, it could be featured on a t-shirt!

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Ava Said, “I believe there is a story behind every name…a story that needs to be heard.”

Writing is therapy for healing. Whether you’ve been a victim of homelessness, depression, survived addiction, or any life crises – we invite you to submit your story and share your life lessons and your journey to empowerment.

Our goal is to let survivors know they aren’t alone in life’s struggles. Ava Said is continuously working to create resources and prevent more crises from occurring. Together, we strive and thrive! Submit your story. It could be featured on one of our products!

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L.A. The city of dreams, 

the city of sadness, 

the city where you hustle to survive.  

I came to L.A. when I was 22 years old, with a dream of a better life – just like any immigrant that comes to America to fulfill their dream. And mine was to take care of my …

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Chaos Free

In the beginning, things were not easy for my brother, mother, and I. My dad was abusive – physically and mentally. He was very abusive to my mom, putting her down every chance he got.
My mom worked three jobs while my dad did nothing but bring other women in and out …

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Vera eating her meal for the day. Today I met Vera. I approached her and introduced myself to her and I asked her if she wanted something to eat. She said yes please, that would be kind.  We started talking and I started asking her about life. She started telling …

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I met Mohamed about three months ago. I have seen Mohamed quite a bit previous to introducing myself to him. A teammate and I were out looking to provide food, clothing or anything else that we could to the homeless. As I introduced my teammate and myself, I could tell …

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Sorry to Let You Go. I Needed to Love Me More.

Sometimes in our lives, we have to let go of a friendship, relationship, or family member – not because we don’t love them anymore, but because they’re not making a positive impact to our wellbeing. You learn that you need to love yourself more than the feelings you have for …

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I Was Your Blessing. You Were My Lesson.

I was a blessing in someone’s life when they were in a dark place, without hope and happiness. I helped change their journey for a better them – and they became my lesson for a new me. The lessons I learned were to love me first, to be loyal to …

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I’m a Privilege, Not an Option.

From a young age, I was taught the qualities of kindness, love, honesty, and accountability. These values would later define my self-worth to always see myself as a privilege in someone’s life. Because of these values, I understand I will never be an option. I will never be thrown away …

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As I was growing up, I always had a fear of the unknown, a fear of hatred, and a fear of those who wanted to see me fail. I had a fear of changing who I was and becoming someone I wasn’t.

I became fearless of the unknown, fearless of hatred, …

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As I walk the streets, I ponder my existence, my choices, and the possibilities I could have for a better life. Depression, anxiety, drug addiction, and pain are the reasons that force me to walk the streets every day wondering if anyone cares. I see the fear on people’s faces …

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