Allen Thomas of Operation Freedom NC

by Alana Allen | January 6th, 2012
Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas (Photoby Howard Gaither)

Allen Thomas is a young man who has a sense of urgency when it comes to making a difference in this world. He has seen and been through some very tough situations when it comes to experiencing domestic violence. He believes that he is responsible for taking on the task of speaking up for others who feel voiceless.
Thomas is the president of Operation Freedom NC, a nonprofit organization that was founded in late 2008—while trying to heal the wounds of the tragic death of his mother by the hands of his father. The organization seeks to provide domestic violence awareness and prevention services to people across the state. In addition, the organization raises money for other domestic violence organizations to ensure that more services are offered to address the growing needs of the community.
Operation Freedom NC has impacted the community in a very positive way. In 2010, Thomas spoke to more than 300 high school freshmen about dating violence, later that year the organization raised money for a deserving family affected by domestic violence.
Thomas has taken his message, “Love Doesn’t Hurt”, nationally to conferences from Los Angeles, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. “Operation Freedom NC has been blessed to make such an impact in the past three years that we have been around,” said Allen Thomas. “I pray that we continue to grow so that more lives are positively impacted by our work.”
Within the three years, Thomas has faced challenges with not being able to do the work of the nonprofit full- time. As a full-time youth counselor for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, it’s tough making time to accomplish his goals, dreams and ambitions on a part time basis. However, what keeps him going is the memory of his mother, Linda Shaw-Thomas. His mother was a teacher who taught hundreds of children that they were important no matter what other people told them. His mother was an inspiration to all that knew of her. Her legacy and story will continue to live on through her son’s eagerness to raise awareness about domestic violence.
The advice that Thomas gives to victims of domestic violence is simple, “Love Doesn’t Hurt”. “If a person finds themselves in an abusive relationship they should seek help immediately and not just hope and pray that things get better,” said Allen Thomas. “Domestic violence is the cause of death for almost 100 people every year in North Carolina. Almost all of them probably never thought that their abuser would take their life. We have to get serious on this issue because one death is one too many.”
In the future, Thomas plans to continue raising awareness about domestic violence across the state and country. Anyone interested in getting involved with Operation Freedom NC or would like for Allen Thomas to speak at your organization, visit www.OperationFreedomNC.org for more details.

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