Some ladies in Whatcom County have started gathering new and gently used bras to send to Free the Girls, an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to coming alongside sex trafficking survivors with a path to true freedom.
Free the Girls says, "The surprising reality is that something simple like bras, can be a vehicle for freedom and hope! Bras are a common item in many households around the world. Many bras in good condition are left sitting in drawers. With our unique model, we allow everyday people to make an impact on a trafficking survivor's life! By collecting bras across North America and other parts of the world, we can ship them to our programs in El Salvador, Mozambique, and Uganda, and the women in our program can sell them in the market to make a safe and sustainable income."
Free the Girls identifys people who support their ministry by the term "everyday abolitionists." Their blog gives the example of Eileen, an employee in the intimates department of a major retailer in Indianapolis. She says, “I am not a wealthy person by any means, but with my (employee) discounts added to a clearance price I can purchase things that help people."
How about it? Do you or women you know have unused bras taking up space in a drawer that could be donated to Free the Girls? Would you be willing to ask two or three other women if they have bras to donate? Bras may be sent directly to Free the Girls (website: www.freethegirls.org) or you can bring them to the fall public meeting of Hope4Justice (meeting info below).
It's a great way to be an "everyday abolitionist!
(Note: When you donate, Free the Girls asks that you include $1 per bra to cover the cost of international shipping.)
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/
ON THE READING LIST
I Will Fly Again: The Restavek by Lili Dauphin
I Will Fly Again: The Restavek tells a unique and chilling tale of a young girl enslaved by her own family members. Amid the chaos and carnage, she’s compelled to find the mother she has never known. This poignant narrative produces a vivid document of the sad face of child slavery. Yet, it’s moving, sweet and uplifting. (Information from Mirror Ministries website.)
The next public meeting of Hope4Justice will be in the fall of 2018. The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.