Colorado Springs Girls’s Membership fills backpacks for victims of human trafficking Woodmen Version
A simple change of clothes can mean the world to someone who is hurt and has very little.
A Colorado Springs Women’s Club volunteer project will provide clothing, toiletries, and a little love and support to human trafficking survivors across the country.
The organization’s An Impactful Luncheon on Wednesday February 26th will feature a keynote address from Dianna Steele, CEO of Restore Innocence. The event is so named because it affects the lives of more than 30 women.
“The main purpose of lunch is to learn about human trafficking here in Colorado,” said Mary Beth Williams, a member of the Woman’s Club.
The mission of the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit Restore Innocence is “to help victims of human trafficking find rescue, restoration and reintegration by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs,” states its website restoreinnocence.org.
After Steele’s address and lunch, attendees will equip backpacks with items (see below) that will be sent to law enforcement agencies in the United States to be given to victims of trafficking in the rescue.
Everyone is welcome to join the soup, salad and dessert buffet lunch prepared by club members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St. Free parking spaces are available.
Attendees are asked to bring items from the list below for the backpacks and consider making a donation of $ 10 to cover the shipping costs for a filled bag.
The “shopping list” of the items to be donated is aimed at young women aged 13 and over. It contains:
• Loose fitting knitted trousers
• Hooded Pullover
• 2 pairs of boy-cut underwear
• 2 pairs of socks
• Arm sports
• Slider sandals (no flip flops)
• Hairbrush and hair ties
• Travel size toiletries (without hotel logos): shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick
• Small cuddly toys
• Diary and pen
• Small blanket (approx. 50 x 60 inches)
An RSVP is requested so the club knows what items and how many people are coming. Reply to Mary Beth Williams at 719-651-2917 or [email protected]. The backpacks are available.
“Each backpack contains about $ 100 worth of items, and we always provide a stuffed animal. We were told this is the first thing the receiver pulls out and that they can hold on to, ”Williams said. “We are excited that we can make a difference for the one person who gets it. There are many items in one bag. “
Only the items listed above (new, unused, no replacements) are requested as they have been approved by law enforcement agencies such as law enforcement agencies, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and State Patrol agencies. Clothing (adult sizes small, medium, large, and extra large required) must be fair trade and should retain labels, but prices must be removed or crossed out.
“We believe in fair trade because it is very difficult for us to pack backpacks for human trafficking survivors with items that are the products of forced labor,” Williams said.
Please do not include religious items, food, clothing or products with a suggestive message, or sharp objects.
“Thank you for choosing quality products! Remember that most of these survivors have very little, so we want to make this a special experience for them. Please donate items that you would be proud of if you gave them to a loved one, ”advises the women’s club on the invitation.
Restore Innocence has shipped more than 3,500 restoration bags to law enforcement agencies in 45 states, according to its website.
This is the second year the Colorado Springs Women’s Club is hosting lunch. The 2019 event completed 38 restoration bags, as well as surplus items and donations that Restore Innocence could use to complete and ship additional bags.
“This is just one of the many charity projects the Colorado Springs Women’s Club is running,” added Williams, a 12-year-old local club member and former state president. “We are part of the general organization of Women’s Clubs – the largest international organization of women volunteers in the world, founded in 1890. Our club was founded in 1902.”
For more information about the Colorado Springs Women’s Club, visit womansclubofoshawaspringsgfwc.org.