As Tim Ballard often states, there is a scientific principle that says darkness cannot exist where there is light. By shining OUR light every day, we can outshine the darkness of human trafficking.
This holiday season, we want to focus on how exactly we can shine our light in our daily lives. Below are just a few ways to spark some ideas for you to implement in your own life. We can end child trafficking together!
1. Talk about O.U.R.
This may seem like a simple task, but really it is one of the most effective ways to spread awareness of the issue. We often hear people say that they heard about O.U.R. from their friend, co-worker, or family member. You are the most powerful in your own circle of influence!
2. Give a gift when you give to O.U.R.
When you donate to O.U.R. this holiday season, you can receive an exclusive holiday gift! This is a great way fight trafficking and spread the word to a special someone when you donate in their name. Must donate from this special link to receive the O.U.R. lantern, ornament, or certificate. This offer has free shipping, no taxes, and tax deductible! Must order by Dec 15th to receive by Christmas.
3. Bookmark AmazonSmile
Amazon Smile is Amazon’s way of giving back. When you shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase price goes to O.U.R. The available options and prices are exactly the same as the normal Amazon site.
It can be hard to remember to switch over to Amazon Smile, so bookmark the link to your browser! (Not available through mobile app at this time.)
4. Put the Human Trafficking Hotline number in your phone
If you are ever suspicious of human trafficking, there are representatives to answer your call on the Human Trafficking Hotline 24/7.
The number is: 1 (888) 373-7888. You can also text 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
It is important to have easy access to this number in your phone in case you ever see something suspicious. In the coming month, we will be coming out with training videos to help you learn the signs of trafficking.
5. Read an O.U.R. Prevention Article with your Kids
One of the greatest tools against trafficking is prevention. Reading articles pertinent to your children’s lives on our blog can help open their mind and teach them how to be safe on the internet. Of course, only discuss with them what you think they are ready for and what is age appropriate.
6. Sign up for the O.U.R. Prayer List
We have operators across the world on operations to rescue children. Every now and then we get a prayer request from them asking for extra good thoughts and prayers during the times they are close to a rescue. We recently sent out a prayer request for a young survivor as she was testifying in court that day against her abuser. Our operatives and aftercare specialists immensely appreciate this kind of support.
Text OURprayers to 51555 to join!
7. Contact your Area Team Leader/Sign Up to be a Volunteer
We have Area Teams of volunteers growing across the nation. These teams spread awareness, raise funds, and sometimes participate in local service projects in Aftercare homes. Go to our website ourrescue.org/join-the-fight and scroll down to the “Volunteer” button to complete the application. If there is not an Area Team near you, there are still many opportunities for you to be involved!
8. Buy an O.U.R. Shirt for Someone (or for Yourself!)
Our store is full of O.U.R. shirts, sweatshirts, and other accessories. All proceeds go to ending child trafficking. By repping an O.U.R. shirt or sticker, you are spreading awareness all around you. Check out our store here.
9. Use your Talents to Fight Trafficking
Start by making a list of your talents and things you like to do. From baking, to fashion, to surfing, any talent can be used to shine a light against trafficking! Check out yourrescue.org to see the creative campaigns that volunteers have come up with across the world.
For example, Ryan Patterson used his love for surfing as a way to contribute. He began restoring an old surfboard, and something amazing happened. “Over a 92-day period, the board transformed and became more beautiful than it had ever been, but not because it was renewed,” Ryan said, “The beauty came from its character… Just like the rescued children of O.U.R., the board’s past did not define it… it simply laid the foundation for a beautiful future.” He then auctioned off this surfboard to raise funds for O.U.R.! Read the full story here.
What can YOU Do?
It means the world to us when you use your talents to support the cause.
Yourrescue.org is our platform especially designed for you to campaign your own fundraisers.
Create your own today by clicking here!