We arrived in Houston while they were going through some major floods due to an extensive amount of rain. One of our great friends Sarah let us know about relief efforts in her area so we decided to help.
It was amazing to see the efforts that were made to help the victims of floods. Many groups in the area put a call out for non perishable food, toiletries, and clothing donations and they collected them. One of the local high schools ,Spring High, put out a call letting everyone know that they would take the donations and set up an area in the gym to allow flood victims to come and get food and clothes. People started delivering stuff by truckloads. One of spring highs coaches, Coach Richard, made sure that everything ran smoothly.
The food we unloaded went into the gymnasium and was sorted to make it easy for people to get what they needed.
The clothes were taken to a classroom where they were sorted as well.
There were so many people there helping. I was so impressed and touched by the donations and the hard work that was put in to help others. Spring High was very generous in donating their facilities and it was inspiring to see so much service.
I wanted to take a break from talking about our travels as a family to share a charity that I care about called Operation Underground Railroad. This is what they do according to their website:
Since being founded in December 2013 we’ve gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts.
Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.
It is time for private citizens and organizations to rise up and help. It is our duty as a free and blessed people.
This is probably an uncomfortable topic for a lot of us to think about but I think it is necessary to be uncomfortable. This organization goes out and arrests sex traffickers and rescues their victims. In the time since they have started they have rescued 436 victims and assisted in the arrest of 136 traffickers.
Marisa and I have had the opportunity to talk to the founder of this organization and some of the people who have participated in the rescues and they are very inspiring. I can’t think of a better organization to consider helping.
I know that there are a lot of worthy places to donate money, but I would ask you to consider in your heart if this is something that you would be willing to help with. This link shows you the many ways you can help. You can donate, start a fundraiser, volunteer to help, or even get your employer to support the organization. One of the easiest ways to help is by setting up a monthly donation. Please consider what you can do to help remove the scourge of child sex trafficking and slavery from this world.
Join the fight.