Action step against trafficking: Shop locally for Christmas! Check out the women's clothing and accessories at BettyBeGood Boutiques in Birch Bay Square (Blaine) and Bellingham. You can also visit their website to do your shopping.
The owner of this boutique has a heart for survivors of trafficking. She consistently gives to anti-trafficking efforts in both Whatcom County and British Columbia. By shopping here you too can be a part of the fight against trafficking.
Dancing across the United States to fight trafficking!
CNN Freedom Project recently highlighted a unique way of fighting human trafficking involving a British teacher dancing across the US! The 9/4/2018 articlesays, "If you traveled on Route 66 in the western US this summer, there's a chance you caught a glimpse of a man dancing along in a neon tutu and headband, waving to passersby. That was Ben Hammond, the self-proclaimed "Planet Prancer," who has made it his mission to boogie every step from California to New York City. He's raising funds for Anti-Slavery International, a UK-based charity fighting human trafficking around the globe.
Ben says, "In terms of why dancing -- or prancing ... I felt it was a really good symbol of the freedom that I have," 40-year-old Hammond told CNN. "When I'm dancing and I'm dancing free, I feel free, so why not take that and take that message out into the world?"
The full-time teacher and lecturer can only progress during his vacation time, making this a long-term endurance dancing feat. The dedicated Brit finished more than 1,200 kilometers on the first chunk of his trip before returning back to London last week.
"Next summer the most I can hope to achieve is to get halfway through the United States, so in all honesty it's going to take me about four years to get from beginning to end. But I'm committed to this and I'm going to give it a go, all I've got," Hammond said."
I love Ben's commitment and can-do spirit!
You (and I) might not dance and wear a tutu but we can do something to fight trafficking. What will that be?
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/
Join Rebound of Whatcom County’s “Comfort & Joy” Winter Fundraiser, celebrating the Christmas Season and how Rebound’s services bring comfort and joy to children and families in need in our community.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 5:00PM – 9:00PM
BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE
SETTLEMYER HALL 3028 LINDBERGH AVENUE
BUFFET DINNER / BEVERAGES / DESSERT
SEMI-FORMAL ATTIRE SUGGESTED
Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by November 28th (some tickets may be available at the door)
Have you recently seen anti-trafficking advertisements located on the back of several Whatcom Transit buses? Sponsored byHope4Justice, they say,"Human Trafficking Happens In Whatcom County." The ad also gives numbers to text or call to report suspected trafficking.
Watch for them!
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left