I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. ‘Tis the season – the holidays are upon us. It’s a time for family, fun and gift giving. I’d like to challenge you to think a little more when shopping this year.
In an earlier, blog I challenged you to be a compost conscious consumer. Today, I’m asking you to choose a cause you are passionate about and support it as you shop for the holidays. We all know with the holidays comes a big push for donating to various organizations, churches and causes. There are the Salvation Army Santa’s; there are the extra collections at church; there’s the flyers that come in the mail to help feed the homeless. There is always someone out there who needs our help and usually that costs money. People can talk and talk and talk about what needs to be done, but sometimes that where it stops. Or we are pestered so much to give that we lose sight of what it means to help those less fortunate.
My someone in need, and who I want to bring to your attention this holiday season, are victims of human trafficking or modern-day slavery. You’re probably asking, Slavery? Wasn’t that something that happened during the civil war? Or, that doesn’t happen in the U.S. Maybe Africa or Asia, but surely not here. You’d be wrong. Modern-day slavery is happening in my backyard. Florida is the third highest number of calls to the human trafficking hotline in the U.S. In 2016, almost 1,900 reports were made for human trafficking in Florida. This is scary stuff because it’s affecting young children and vulnerable young adults. These young women and children are being forced into prostitution. In Asia, young woman are forced into marriages. In India children are forced into labor. Globally, 40.3 million people are affected by human trafficking.
I’ve asked myself, How can I help? I could donate money. I have little time to volunteer, but maybe one day. I could educate myself and tell all my friends, but they’ll probably get bored or tired of me talking, which would not help this cause at all. And then an answer came to me while doing a little research: I could buy things. We all need things. What if what we bought helped more than just satisfying a personal need? Buying particular items can help victims of human trafficking. Some are handmade by victims. Others send proceeds to help the victims find refuge, therapy and a chance at living again. Below are links to shop and support human trafficking. I hope some of you are inspired to buy a gift. But if not for my cause, choose your own and see what you can buy this holiday season to support your cause. Take that passion and make it a gift.
Take a look at these few links that bring awareness to human trafficking. Happy shopping!
7. My Sister
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”