I recently received an email from a friend of mine in NYC who is helping out the organization called "GEMS- Girls Education and Mentoring Services." The organization specifically addresses survivors and victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. This is a huge issue in today's society not only in the United States but all over the world.
We've talked about this subject on the show briefly last week but in order to really understand how bad the situation is and how the GEM organization helps, visit them at http://www.gems-girls.org/
They also have a documentary about the sexual exploitation titled "Very Young Girls". Here's the trailer.
My dear friend Alena is requesting items to be donated for the drive. To those who live out of the state (and others if they prefer) can donate an American Express Gift card which will be used to buy items requested rather to ship things which will be more costly. She is asking for all donations to be given by December 15th. You can contact Alena via email at email@example.com or via twitter at www.twitter.com/CoogieCruz to arrange pick ups or where to mail the gift cards.
On behalf of APOPA we ask you to please help these ladies out. Please spread the word!!!
Here are the items that are being asked to be donated...
Housewarming Care Packages*
Shower Curtain Rings
Spoons, Forks, Knives
Kitchen Utensils (i.e. Spatulas, Can Openers)
Basic Care Packages*
Individual cereal boxes
Powdered Drink Mixes
Clothing (Please note: We are in need of women’s sizes ranging from XS – XXL and 0 – 16 for teens and young adults)
Underwear (various sizes)
Cotton Tank Tops (various sizes)
Bras (various sizes)
Light-weight and heavy socks
Office- appropriate pumps
* These items must be new and unopened.