BENEFITING: Love Runs - NorthRidge Church
EVENT DATE: Oct 17, 2015
Slavery ended in our nation in 1865, but most would be shocked to know that it is alive and well in the United States through Human Trafficking. Many more would be shocked to know that Michigan is the second worst state for human trafficking, only behind Nevada ( Las Vegas area). Michigan ( Detroit Metro) used to be the worst, but recent efforts to eliminate it from our state are slowly progressing. Children of all ages and backgrounds, including some of the most affluent, are being hijacked into a living Hell of physical, sexual and emotional exploitation and torture…all around us. Poverty and lack of basic necessities place so many in the Detroit area at risk for trafficking as well. Add to that a legion of children from broken homes, or those who are abused and neglected, and Michigan’s proximity to strategic borders and transportation routes, and it all adds up to an epidemic of slavery. Love Runs is founded by NorthRidge Church to bring people from every background together to fight as one against human trafficking. Those running the FREEP events will be raising funds that Love Runs will use to help in the: prevention of human trafficking; and the rescue and restoration of its victims. Safe housing, medical and psychological support, educational and vocational training, and spiritual renewal are just some of the basics that Love Runs will be funding. Love Run’s predominate focus will be on the Detroit area, but like so many other forms of evil, human trafficking has global roots and reach. So 75% of the funds raised will be for local impact with 25% for global impact. Every dollar will make a difference. Money can never erase what happened, but it can help prevent human trafficking from happening, and rescue and restore those who spend every minute of every day either living in it or recovering from it. 1440 – that’s not only the amount Love Run’s challenges its runners to raise to fight human trafficking; it’s the number of minutes in every day that a victim is enslaved, and the same number of minutes we are free. Human trafficking is such a complex problem it does not lend itself to easy equations. While most victims face similar challenges, each victim’s rescue and restoration is unique. Every dollar WILL make a difference, but $100 will: shelter a victim for a night; provide 15 hygiene/safety/nutrition kits; one year of reading mentoring; and support life skills training, medical and psychological treatment. The cost of Housing, medical and psychological care will vary greatly depending on the location and condition of the victim. For every equation we don’t know, what we do know is that every life matters and every dollar makes a difference.