In 2012 I myself was a witness to domestic violence that my sister, Nikki, was living with. Unfortunately she wasn’t a survivor and I had to witness my sister being brutally murdered by the hands of the one she loved. A case of domestic violence. Eight years later I’m still very thankful to the first responders who were dispatched to this call on this horrible night. There’s nothing in this world that I could ever do or show my appreciation to these first responders but because of them my daughter, myself and two nieces are still living today.
When I heard that there’s a shortage of N95 masks and that our front line and essential workers could not be protected from the COVID-19 virus. I felt the sudden urge to do something.
That’s when I decided to create “Mask with a Purpose” to try to protect as many as I can from this horrible outbreak. Not only will these masks protect, but they will also help raise awareness of domestic violence by making one side of the mask purple.
I’m looking for our community to support this by talking about domestic violence. The more we talk about this topic the more it will get out there. Together let’s try and save lives so we don’t lose another life like my sister.
Please feel free to find out more on Facebook at 2 Harts One Soul. Together as a community we can make this happen.
Ashley Hart, Founder of 2 Harts One Soul Inc.
Nikki was born May 12th, 1979 and was raised in the Town of East Greenbush. She was the broker/owner of Hart Real Estate, which she took over from her father, Bill Hart, in 2008. There she was able to combine her passion for helping people with her incredible work ethic and meticulous attention to detail to further grow the family business. She was truly the “heart” of Hart Real Estate.
Unfortunately, she was taken from the world too soon, but her legacy of kindness and generosity will live on in those whose lives she touched. She loved the town she lived in and was happy to be raising her two beautiful girls there. She was a family girl all the way – you could call or text her at anytime, for anything and she would always make the time to talk.
Looking from the outside in, it appeared that she and her boyfriend of 6 years, Jason, were living the America dream, raising their family in a small town. No one would have ever imagined that on December 16th, 2012, he would enter their home after being served an order of protection just two days prior to stay away from her and the girls and murder her in the middle of the night. It is a phone call you never thought you would have to make or receive – that someone you love so much had been murdered.
There is not a moment that goes by that Nikki’s family and friends do not think of her. Her family is here tonight to honor Nikki and Liza and to raise awareness to others who may be living the same nightmare. Know that there is help out there, you are not alone and should never feel ashamed to ask for help.