I "met" Stefanie Hamilton after I left a comment on her blog, Nowhere to Hide, where she writes about issues of justice. Stefanie is helping to organize a PUSH concert on May 28 at the Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan--PUSH as in "push ourselves out of apathy and into action." 100% of proceeds from ticket sales and donations for CDs go to International Justice Mission to help stop child trafficking.
Now, isn't that a great idea--and something that anyone can do? Stefanie is a perfect example of how one person can make a difference.
I get emails from people all the time saying, "I'm horrified by the stories of kids being trafficked. What can I do to stop it?"
I usually refer them to the list of 43 ideas on this blog (see the list on the left, or go to www.dianascimone.com if you're reading this by email) -- but I suspect most people don't think they're really doing much just by holding a car wash or hanging up a poster about what to do if you spot a trafficked person.
We all want to rescue kids, and somehow a car wash seems so, well, so unglamorous. But car washes and concerts DO help because they provide funds for organizations that are working to stop the traffic--like IJM (which rescues kids) and Born to Fly International (which works to keep them from getting trafficked in the first place).
So if you're near Pontiac, Michigan, buy a ticket to the PUSH concert. You'll hear great music from singer/songwriter Carol Clayton, Silent Violet, and Wurfel--and you'll know more about human trafficking when you leave than when you entered. Tickets are just $10 and 100% of proceeds go to help stop child trafficking.
Want more ideas of how to make a difference? Click on the category "One Person Can Make a Difference" on the right. And if you're doing something to stop child trafficking, leave a comment and tell us about it. You, like Stefanie, are making a difference and we'd all like to know about it.