Taylor and McKaye wrote this letter about their experience raising money for O.U.R. We are so grateful for their passion, time, and generosity in making this happen! Read their story below in their own words:
Tim Ballard and O.U.R. Team:
After I saw Operation Toussaint last July, I decided I wanted to try and fund a need. My sister and I enrolled some friends and family to help organize a movie night. Before we hosted the movie night, I made a goal that I wanted to raise $10,000. Several people told me that I should lower my expectations because that was a lot of money to expect people to donate.
However, after the movie night and a couple months of continued fundraising, we had $9,000. Then a Christmas miracle occurred, this is the story in my sister’s own words:
In the middle of December, I came across a post on Instagram saying that Nasty Gal, a clothing brand I follow, was “giving back” for the holidays. They wanted women in need to comment and tell their stories of why they should win $1,000. I thought it was cool, but ultimately disregarded it because I don’t see myself as “in need.” As I was driving home from my job, I found myself thinking about the post again. My brother had been raising money for O.U.R. and was $1,000 short of his goal of $10,000. The thought came to me that this $1,000 would help him meet his goal and that there were no women in more need than the girls forced into sex trafficking. When I got home, I immediately posted on all of the blogger’s pages who were involved in choosing winners with this message:
“Over the past couple of
monthsmy brother and I have been trying to fund a need for @ourrescue a non-profit organization whose mission is to end child slavery. Our initial goal was $10,000 by Christmas and we are currently at $9,000. This money would help us meet our goal and would be going to either freeing child sex slaves or helping them rehabilitate and get education and jobs. Even if we do not win, we are passionate about raising awareness. Check out this documentary about their work at ourfilm.org”
I honestly thought there was no chance of us winning because of the amount of people who were commenting, but I knew it was worth a try.
On Dec 24th I got a message from @catcherinthestyle, a NYC fashion blogger. It said:
“Hey I just wanted to let you know you’re my winner of the $1,000. I loved that you wanted to help towards anti-human trafficking. You’re gonna change so many lives with your drive to help others!! Merry Christmas Eve!!”
I had planned to turn the money in before the end of the year, but because we won the money from Nasty Gal, we had to wait a few weeks to receive it. I happened to hop on Facebook yesterday, and saw that the Malouf foundation is matching all donations for this month. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the Facebook post. From the start of this journey, we have been the recipients of miracles that led to a domino effect. Because our friends and family were so generous, we were able to collect $9,000 which was a number that led to my sister entering the competition, so we could get $1,000 more. Because we won the $1,000, we waited until we got it in the mail which took a few weeks due to the holidays. Because we had to wait we are now donating the money in the month of January where it will be matched by the Malouf Foundation taking the donation from $10,000 to $20,000. It was amazing and humbling to be a part of this process and see it all happen. I am sure you all see these miracles each day that prove God is behind this cause. I wanted to let you all know how grateful I am to be a part of this fight. I know and feel how vital it is and am grateful to be able to help in this small way. Keep fighting the good fight and know that I will continue to do everything I can to support this crucial effort.
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