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Overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Start where you are. These are easy and creative action steps with the busy mom in mind.

 

Mobilize your interests, hobbies, talents, and gifts in the abolitionist movement.Do a little good TODAY. 

 

  • Do you ever purge your closet? Consider donating gently used, but no-longer-wanted clothing to a survivor shelter abroad. Better yet, make it a party with your girlfriends. Host a wine and dessert evening and collect everyone’s no-longer-wanted clothing. While wining and dining, put together some care packages for survivors abroad.
  • Got BRA’s?? Get creative with your neighbors and friends and host a BRA DRIVE for Free The Girls, a non-profit to aid sex slavery survivors in Mozambique.
  • Go to Slavery FootprintTake a few minutes to see where you are supplying the demand for child slaves. Yes, you. (and me) Unless we stop long enough to take an honest look at where we are part of the PROBLEM of human slavery and trafficking (unknowingly), we cannot provide a sustainable solution. We can all begin to end the demand one choice at a time.
  • Do you have a tv and space to host a small scale documentary screening? Check out these resources for dvd’s, discussion materials and information: NefariousCall+ResponseVery Young GirlsHalf the Sky. Check out Someone’s Child for helpful anti-slavery tool kits for your guests here.
  • No room to host a screening? Why not gather a group to go see new feature films that come out in your area. Check out Trade of Innocents to see when it comes to your city. Go out for coffee and to process the issues afterwards.

 

  • Like to run or walk? Search for a group or race in your area that is specifically raising awareness about human trafficking. Something like this, or this, or this. Can’t find one nearby? Consider organizing one with your running buddies. This is something an entire community can get behind and support together. Check out Love146’s Tread on Trafficking campaign, and use your athletic prowess to raise money and awareness for the work of justice.
  • Do you like to write? Do your kids like to draw? Consider sitting down to write a letter of encouragement to a survivor of human trafficking or slavery.
  • Do you read? Are you a part of a book club? Suggest a book that explores the truth of human trafficking. Get talking. Start learning together. Try this oneor this one, or this one (in Feb 2013).

 

  • Be a billboard for the right things. Consider purchasing t-shirts and hoodies that speak up for the oppressed. Wear something that will encourage people to ask questions. Be ready to talk about the cause of the voiceless. Try these, thesethese or these.
  • Do you like hosting parties and buying stuff? Consider hosting trunk shows or “parties with a purpose” with products made by survivors of human trafficking and/or extreme poverty. Try this one, or this one, or take it one step further like this.
  • Make a small, but conscious change in your purchasing habits. Pick ONE thing to start consistently buying fair trade… coffeeteachocolate, t-shirts. It’s easy and satisfying. Stay tuned to DO A LITTLE GOOD as we begin exploring the supply chains behind our favorite products and companies in the coming months.
  • Do you support a child overseas? Consider supporting a survivor of human trafficking. Check out this organization or this one.

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  • COMING SOON!

The bottom line? We can all do something. Today, tomorrow, this week.  It doesn’t matter where you start… it only matters that you start where you are.

 

Let us spur one another on towards love and good deeds.                                 -Book of Hebrews 10:24