Well, now that we know the Vikings will be hosting the Super Bowl instead of playing in it, it is time to start focusing on what we can do to FIGHT TRAFFICKING leading up to and during the big event. It truly takes a village. Many faith based organizations and churches are offering trainings, outreach, prayer and worship opportunities to work against sex trafficking.
Grace Church in Eden Prairie are donating, assembling and praying over bags to be given to local police and frontline workers who encounter victims of sex trafficking leading into and over the weekend of the big event. Bags include hygiene items, gift cards, hand-knit hats and items. These blessings bags have become a bridge for police offers to talk with the sex-trafficking victims, and explain that someone thought of them and prayed for them while they were knitting the hand made items. Gift card donations to Target, Cub or SuperAmerica are welcome in $10 or $20 denominations or any of the following high-quality donation items: shampoo/conditioner (travel size), chapstick, hand warmers, and packaged snacks are all welcome. Donations can be dropped off at Grace Church through Tuesday, January 23rd.
Hope Community Church is partnering with Source MN and the Minneapolis Police Department to offer a warm and welcoming place for women who want to get out of trafficking. Following police recovering operations, the Serve the City Super Bowl team will supply meals and snacks to offers and women interested in follow-up card. Serve the City Super Bowl will provide hot meals, a warm place to stay, and welcome baskets with clothes, pajamas, toiletries, snacks and gift cards to victims of sex-trafficking. Volunteers are needed to make freezer meals, organize restaurant donations, and provide gift cards to grocery stores. Volunteers are also needed for set-up, clean-up, hospitality, and security during the week of 1/28/18-2/5/18. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 9am-2pm Hope Community Church, East Building 704 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN will be hosting a presentation on human trafficking, including labor trafficking, sex trafficking, CSEC, and about what usually happens with human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl. It will also include guest speakers who provide remarks in support of the outreach. The event will conclude with training and preparation for the outreach component. The second part of the event will involve trained volunteer teams distributing key awareness materials to local businesses (primarily convenience stores). These businesses become trafficking prevention centers and can be the eyes and ears of the community to save lives. Search "Linking Freedom In Our Backyard Outreach".
Raise Up Gifts is an online gift registry allowing people to purchase gifts of daily necessity that will help victims of sex trafficking become survivors. Gifts include basic clothing kits, hygiene kits, bed sheets and comforters, fleece blankets, personal care kits, pillows, twin beds with mattresses and warm outerwear. Search "Raise Up Gifts" online. The Link will distribute the donated items to those in need. The Link is a Minneapolis based non-profit dedicated to helping youth and families overcome the effects of poverty and social injustice, including victims of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Their Passageways division supports victims under the age of 18.
The Guardian Project is a website listing all reputable Minnesota organizations doing anti-trafficking work. They are quipping and connecting faith-forward Minnesotans to stop human trafficking in our community. Trafficking Justice and the Purity Network are also doing amazing work in this area.
Be informed, spread the word. Together we can transform Minnesota!