|MOPS chapter starts out year with service project|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:28|
MOPS members brought a “bra and a buck” for “Free the Girls,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking, to their first meeting last Thursday, Sept. 4. The donated bras will be given to sex trafficking survivors to sell for income and the “bucks” will serve as a cash donation for the organization. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The local MOPS Internationa (Mothers of Preschoolers) chapter met for their first meeting of their year last Thursday, Sept. 4. MOPS organizers asked each member to bring a “bra and a buck” to the initial meeting as a donation to the “Free the Girls” organization as an outreach project.
In total, the group gathered 22 donated bras at their first meeting and raised $47 for Free the Girls. MOPS members have until Sept. 18 to bring additional donations. The bras and monetary donations will be mailed to the organization on Sept. 19.
Free the Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. The organization helps women rescued from sex trafficking in developing countries to re-enter the workforce selling bras in second-hand clothing markets.
The organization collects gently used bras and then donates them to sex trafficking survivors around the world as starting inventory for their own business selling bras.
Free the Girls states the second-hand clothing market is profitable in many countries around the world and that bras are usually sought after items. In fact, the organization’s website at freethegirls.org says that some of the girls in their program are making as much as three to five times the minimum wage in their community by selling bras.
The women the organization works with were sold into prostitution, often as children. Selling second-hand bras provides the women with income, a safe working environment, flexible schedule, a sustainable business model and makes minimal effects on the local markets.
Free the Girls also states, via their website, that the collection of bras in western countries serves as an educational tool for the issues surrounding human trafficking globally.
More outreach planned
MOPS member Sabrina Sandoval said the Free the Girls project is just one of the outreach projects planned by the group this year. MOPS members will also collect items for Operation Christmas Child in November, a project the group has participated in in the past.
Get involved with MOPS
The MOPS group, based in Hamlet, was started 10 years ago by six moms. The group aims to support women, both as women and as mothers.
The group has grown since then. The moms get together twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays at 10 a.m. CT from September through May at the Hamlet Union Church in Hamlet.
The group is frequented by moms as far away as the Kansas state line to the south, Elsie to the north and Champion to the west.
The bi-monthly meetings serve multiple purposes. First, each meeting includes social time where moms share food and conversation with other moms.
The rest of the meeting will vary depending on the program that week. Six times a year the group will watch a DVD with a lesson and then break into discussion groups. Other times, the group will do a craft or creative activity, have a speaker or do an outreach project.
The bi-monthly MOPS meetings are made possible by the MOPPETS Ministry Team members. These caring women take care of the moms’ children in the MOPPETS program during the meetings.
New moms are always welcome at MOPS meetings. Those interested in learning more about the group may call a Sabrina Sandoval at 308-394-5688.
|Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:55|