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merry christmas &

Happy New Year!

CLICK HERE to help us get the gifts to the shelters before Christmas!


LOVING and EMPOWERING victims of domestic violence since 2007


Our Mission

To love and empower women victimized by domestic violence.  By coming alongside domestic violence shelters, we are able to provide them with the necessary tools to help reintroduce survivors of domestic violence to the workplace and society.

We are founded on three, empowerment, and hope.  It is with these building blocks that we have designed an organization that ministers to the hearts and souls of the hurting.  


"Let us not love with words and speech only, but with action, and in truth." - John 3:18

Extending love in a tangible way allows us to help reshape a culture that recognizes the invaluable role of women.  ALL Women are beautiful and worthy of love.  As a masterpiece is precious, so is the life of every woman. We are committed to reaffirming the incalculable value of each woman’s life by reinforcing this truth continually throughout the healing and rehabilitation process.


A woman empowered is a woman with a future! We advocate relentlessly for every abused and battered woman – the wives, the mothers, the daughters – without a voice of their own. Violence is unacceptable! We applaud the courage of the women who say “enough is enough,” and acknowledge their conviction to create a new life for themselves and their families


Hope is powerful.  By its very nature, it inspires change, cultivates independence, and gives meaning to a life that was once full of doubt and pain.  Offering a glimpse of hope to these women opens the door to endless possibilities, and the confident expectation of a life without abuse.


Operation Pretty Things is celebrating 10 years of service!  As we grow, we never want to lose sight of where it all began.  From North Carolina to wherever our reach will take us...we will continue to LOVE and EMPOWER victims of domestic violence, and be a glimpse of HOPE, after all...hope is contagious.

Get your Operation Pretty Things T-Shirts here and help support a great cause! 


What's Happening


February 10th

A Night with Striking Copper

***EXCLUSIVE CONCERT!! ONLY 150 Tickets Available***

Meet & Greet starts at 6:30pm
Concert starts at 7:30

Come meet the bands & sponsors at the "Meet & Greet" before the concert! There will also be a short, exclusive acoustic showing from each musical group!

Tickets can be purchased using the "Brown Paper Tickets" link:
$15 for Concert
$20 for Meet & Greet and Concert


Musical Groups:
Neil Cribbs & the Rough Gentlemen
Mike Blair & the Stonewalls
Striking Copper

There will be a Full Cash Bar & Food Truck at The Annex!
Come join us for a night to remember!



(2/14) Valentine's Day "Simply Lovely" – gifts for Valentine’s Day

OPT's volunteers come together to create beautifully assembled gifts for the women in shelters all over NC...reminding them that they are beautiful, brave and Simply Lovely!


March 23rd, 24th, and 25th

The Ladies Room: Femme Force Five


At the DREAMS GARAGE - 901 Fanning Street, Wilmington, NC

Doors open at 7:30pm.  Show at 8pm

***A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Pretty Things, Inc** In addition, the donation of items cosmetics and beauty essentials is greatly appreciated!

For more information, visit or call 910-632-0775.


Friday May 5th

All About Mom: Mother's Day with OPT

At Operation Pretty Things Headquarters - The Harrelson Center, 20 North 4th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Join us as we celebrate the women who have chosen to make a better life for themselves and their families!  This is a special time for us as a community to truly acknowledge their courage and encourage their hearts. Refreshments will be provided.  And as always, we are accepting donations of cosmetic and beauty essentials.

This is a free event for women!  A suggested $5 donation would be greatly appreciated in order to get the gifts to the women in time for Mother's Day!

CLICK HERE to RSVP on the Facebook event 

Friday May 12th

Bloom ~

Inspiring Mothers & Daughters to let God grow you wherever you are

Port City Community Church Mothers & Daughters event

Parent Network’s Garden Party


At Port City Community Church -

250 Vision Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

Please join us for an evening of fun and desserts. Our keynote speaker will be Missy Boneske, director of Operation Pretty Things. She will share how God has grown her in a mission to help women feel God’s love and know they are beautiful.

At the end of the night we will be packing gifts and writing love notes for some of these women. 

CLICK HERE to register by May 8th.  Limited space available, so please register soon!

Friday May 19th

LuLaRoe Consultants Keelee Johns and Lisa Benincasa are hosting a LuLaRoe fundraiser for OPT! 

At Operation Pretty Things Headquarters - The Harrelson Center, 20 North 4th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Two shopping opportunities: 11am-2pm and 5-8pm.

During those times you'll be able to snag some pretties for your closets as well as get the opportunity to meet the director of Operation Pretty Things, Missy Boneske, and hear more about her heart for the women she serves and what OPT does in the Cape Fear region and beyond!

A percentage of the sales from the day go towards helping Operation Pretty Things with their day-to-day operations. LuLaRoe corporate is going to MATCH the donations that Lisa and Keelee make as well!!

Can't come to the event that day but still want to support Missy and her mission? 
2 Ways You Can Still Support OPT:
1. Shop for LuLaRoe online on Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th in LuLaRoe Keelee's online shopping group. Join the group to learn more: Shop LuLaRoe Keelee

2. Donate to Operation Pretty Things through their website:

Saturday May 20th

Perfect Pinup Wilmington

11am-5pm In Historic Downtown Wilmington

Perfectly Pinned Up and Rims on the River have joined forces to bring you the first-ever Perfect Pinup Wilmington! Join us for a day of classic cars, hot rods, loads of vendors, music and pinup girls!

For this Pinup contest, 10 ladies will be selected!  These contestants will be raising funds for Operation Pretty Things.  Come be a part of the contest, and come support your favorite pinup!

CLICK HERE for more details.


We recognize how difficult it can be to make it to our events due to work, family and other obligations.  So we are bringing the events to you!  In the comfort of your home, and with your friends and family, we make gifts, share stories, and have an opportunity to see and be OPT in action.  NOW BOOKING for the Summer!

Join us as we celebrate the women who have chosen to make a better life for themselves and their families.  Together we will make gifts full of cosmetics and beauty essentials for the abused and battered women in our community.

Suggestions for your donations:






Call or email us to book your OPTea Party today: 910.616.5433 or


Friday October 6th

2nd Annual ONE Gala


at The Coastline Convention Center - 501 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 

The evening will include a cocktail hour, deliciously catered dishes from A Thyme Savor, live music, silent and live auctions, and a special presentation! 

Last year’s inaugural gala was a HUGE success!  Having sold out two weeks prior to the event, and raising $6,000+ for the organization, we are excited to see what this year’s gala holds! This will be the ONE night you don't want to miss!

Tickets to this exclusive black tie event are $75/person or $750 to sponsor a table.

Sponsorship and promotional opportunities available!!  Go to:


(12/8) -


join us on Friday December 8th for our Annual Christmas Event...11 years WOW!

We will make gifts and write love notes to women in domestic violence shelters all over NC and reaching as far as we can across the nation! Which means we need LOTS OF PRETTY THINGS and YOU!!!

It is a FREE event for WOMEN! Suggested donation of $15, which will help us ship the gifts to the shelters before Christmas. There will be a raffle and refreshments as well!  
*Receive raffle tickets with your entry donation. They will be for sale as well. Receive additional tickets for bringing cosmetic donations, and showing that you Like OPT on Facebook 😊

The event starts at 6:30pm. Come make a gift and leave, or stay til the end. Invite your friends and family. We can't wait to see you.



Who We Serve



Operation Pretty Things, Inc has the opportunity to come along side the following domestic shelters and services in North Carolina, New York, and Florida:


New Hanover County
Open Gate
Kelly House
Hospitality House
Rape Crisis
A Safe Place
Good Shepard
First Fruit Ministries

Pender County
Safe Haven

Onslow County
Onslow Women’s Center

Brunswick County
Hope Harbor Home

Pitt County, Martin County, Washington County, Beaufort County
Coastal Women's Shelter
Family Violence Program of Pitt County, Inc.

Craven County, Pamlico County, Jones County
Center for Family Violence Prevention

Carteret County
Morehead City Women's Shelter

Bladen County, Columbus County
Families First

Duplin County
Sarah's Refuge

Wake County
InterAct of Wake County

In 2016, Operation Pretty Things went national adding shelters from other states to share in our mission!  We are grateful for the participation of the following shelters:

New york:

Suffolk County
L.I. Against Violence


Hernando County

The Dawn Center

Operation Pretty Things

is dedicated to LOVING and EMPOWERING women victimized by domestic violence.  Help us bring this tangible extension of love to your city!  

Contact us and share HOPE today!


facts about Domestic violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that a person uses against their current or former intimate partner. It happens in relationships where the abuser and the victim are (or were) dating, living together, married or divorced. Domestic violence is purposeful behavior. A batterer’s pattern of abusive acts are directed at gaining and maintaining control over the victim.


partners & Sponsors

The following list of businesses & individuals continue to bless operation pretty things with their monthly giving!  
Partners with * are donation locations during our annual Pretty Things Drive.  See below for Black Box Initiative details.
***Additional monthly Sponsorship levels available***

HOPE Sponsors - $25/ mn 

(or a one time donation of $300)

Teena Rhoder

John Moore - Allstate

Michelle Starbuck

Theo Milo Photography

Judy Constintino



FAITH Sponsors - $200/mn 

(or a one time donation of $2400)

*ABBA First Mortgage, Inc.

Remodeling by Erik


LOVE Sponsors - $100/mn

(or a one time donation of $1200) 

*Pristine Clean of Wilmington

*Dalisay Salon & Bridal Suite

*Crossraods Baptist Church


EMPOWERMENT Sponsors - $50/mn

(or a one time donation of $600) 

*Beauty Bar Boutique


Black Box Initiative

The following are donation locations for your health and beauty contributions during our Annual Pretty Things Drive. 
Thank you so much for your participation!!!

ABBA First Mortgage, Inc.
5653 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

1444 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28409

An Everlasting Effect
1051 South Kerr Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Any Lab Test Now!
1319 Military Cutoff Road, Ste D
Wilmington, NC 28403

A Thyme Savor Catering
5941 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412

Back to Basics
5905 Carolina Beach Rd
Wilmington, NC 28412

Beauty Bar Boutique
1125 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Beauty By Design
3145 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Beyond Basics Beauty Supply
1124 Floral Parkway
Wilmington, NC 28403

Bikram Yoga Wilmington
5424 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Cape Fear Massage and Wellness
5 Silva Terra Drive #120
Wilmington, NC 28412

Crystal Carpet & Flooring
5746 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Dalisay Salon & Bridal Suite
709 North 4th Street, Suite 101
Wilmington, NC 28401

earthBOUND Salon and Day Spa
4833 Carolina Beach Road, Ste 11
Wilmington, NC 28412

The Harrelson Center
20 North 4th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401




Island Cardiology
1328 N. Lake Park Blvd. Suite 103
Carolina Beach, Rd 28428

Lucky Joe Coffee
1414 South College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403

Port City Java
5621 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Pristine Clean of Wilmington
619 Colony Circle
Wilmington, NC 28409

Remodeling by Erik
147 Shandy Way
Hampstead, NC 28443

Rockin' Roller Hair Salon
1015 South Kerr Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Salon Beyond Basics
3502 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tide Associates
3205 Randall Parkway
Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Lady Fitness
5330 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412


To participate:

If you are interested in hosting a donation box, and participating in the Annual Pretty Things Drive, send an email to:, subject line “Black Box Initiative” 


How To Contact Us

MISSY BONESKE executive director


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Operation Pretty Things, Inc.
20 North 4th Street, Suite 310
Wilmington, NC 28401