We were introduced to the organization Love146 through a sermon given by a nun at St. Thomas Church. We were shocked to learn that child trafficking is prevalent in our area. We learned that approximately 20-30 million individuals are enslaved today and about 30 percent of those people are children.
Love 146 is an international organization. We were privileged to visit their headquarters in New Haven, CT. Here we discovered the extent of the abuses against children and young adults.
“The trafficking and exploitation of children is one of the darkest stories and most severe human rights abuses imaginable. But for us, the hope of ending it is a reality. Love146 is providing effective and thoughtful solutions while helping grow the movement to end child trafficking. We believe in the power of love and its ability to effect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of our motivation. Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children.” Love 146
In an attempt to add a glimmer of hope and comfort to these people, Wonderland BookSavers made and provided blankets for trafficked children by recruiting the help of our communities.
As always, we strive to involve as many community members as possible in our endeavors, so that we can share the donation of love as well as spread the Love146 message: child trafficking is present in our society and we must all be aware and stop this terrible crime against children.
We brought our blanket-making supplies to Connecticut College where we were aided by the Connecticut College Christian Fellowship group, as well as several students at the US Coast Guard Academy.
We wrapped up the event by packaging the newly made blankets in the amazing hand-painted bags made by the students at Wetherbee School in Lawrence, MA. We added our favorite children’s poetry books to the packages. We are glad that we had the opportunity to create these small gifts for those who are rescued and seek safety and security.
When completed, we brought several dozen gift bags filled with cozy blankets and cheerful poetry to help ease the transition of children who come to Love146 seeking solace and protection. These will be joined with packages of food, disposable cell phones and health products, to make survival-care packages for children in need. We are grateful to assist Love 146 in their mission of caring for children who are out of options.