“No matter what chains are broken, slavery is a condition of the heart.” ― Marquita Burke-DeJesus
Seven months ago, TWW started TWW Initiative: Help Us Bring Vital Health Care Directly to Actual Victims of Human Trafficking. Please read the entire post to see how we have linked to Christian health care providers, Project Fight of the Salvation Army, and Project Access.
The people that we serve are identified victims of human trafficking and the post explains the details surrounding this. We have served a number of clients, mostly through networking with providers in the area. Until now, we have not had any needs that we could not meet with a bit of ingenuity.
However, we have just bumped into a situation in which we will most likely need some money. A victims had their teeth knocked out by their trafficker and a few other teeth needed to be removed due to poor nutrition and lack of access to dental care.
This dear person wishes to apply for jobs but is uncomfortable because they have no teeth. (I am being vague to protect the identity of this individual.) They will need a full set of dentures. Besides this being a cosmetic need, there is a dental need. Without properly fitting dentures, this person will experience deterioration of the bony structure of the jaw.
These dentures will cost somewhere in the ballpark of $900.
Instead of setting up a Go Fund Me, I have arranged for a fund for medical/dental needs of human trafficking victims within the auspices of the Salvation Army. This is wonderful for two reasons.
- Unlike Go Fund Me, 100% of all donations go directly to the victims without any overhead or administrative fees being removed.
- Unlike Go Fund Me, these donations are tax deductible since it is going to the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army Project Fight coordinators work with me in order to assure that all finds are handled in an appropriate manner. If this all works out, I will try to provide some sort of followup post so TWW readers can see the results of their donations. Also, if the donations exceed $900, the excess will go into this fund so that we can serve another client.
Here is the link:
Thank you for considering my request. I promise that every penny will be used exactly as intended.
(PS: If anyone out there would like to donate the dentures, please contact me immediately. Any such donation is fully tax deductible.)