On January 19th, the second annual Free at Last Event was held at Adobe Lehi as a celebration of freedom from slavery. This event lets us reflect on Martin Luther King’s message and vision to “let freedom ring” for every person. Even though slavery still exists today in different forms, we celebrate every gift of freedom and will continue to fight against sex trafficking.
This event helped raise over $32,000 worth of goods for rescue kits and over $16,000 in donations to rescue children from trafficking. Over 1,000 rescue kits were assembled by Adobe employees and over 200 people attended the evening community event.
Four different stations were set up for employees to participate in.
- Rescue Kit Assembly
Our Aftercare Team is always onsite right after a rescue happens to help the survivors transition to an aftercare home. Rescue kits full of uplifting notes, snacks, blankets, and other items help the survivors feel more at ease after the rescue.
Over 1,000 kits were assembled by around 90 Adobe employees.
2. Setting up Kindle Fire Tablets
Adobe employees also help set up Kindle Fire Tablets, which will be used for education and recreation for survivors in aftercare. These tablets will enable survivors to gain a strong education and go on to make a livable income.
3. Making Bracelets
Many bracelets were made to put a homemade touch on the rescue kits. It is fun for survivors to receive a gift from someone that made something especially for them.
4. Letter Writing
Hundreds of letters about hope and love were written for survivors. Sometimes, just a simple message of hope can go a long way when survivors of trafficking are beginning their healing process.
That night, Adobe opened their building to over 200 community members. Everyone enjoyed refreshments catered by Bella’s Fresh Mexican and owner Joe Cottom while listening to Tim Ballard and O.U.R. staff speak about their latest updates. We are incredibly grateful for Adobe’s generosity and for the support of everyone who was there to learn more about the cause.