We need each other. When the problem is human trafficking, no one single organization has all the answers, resources, or factors needed to significantly combat slavery. But Call to Freedom is an organization that values life, and that helps drive their mission to provide women caught up as victims with a way out.
This summer, Life 96.5 invites you to come alongside Call to Freedom as they rescue and help women who have been caught up in human trafficking.
Most of us have heard of trafficking by now. Call to Freedom Executive Director Becky Rasmussen says, “Modern day slavery is happening in every community, in every state, in every nation. It is the selling of individuals for either sex labor or labor trafficking.”
To give victims a voice and HOPE, Call to Freedom began and is an anti-human trafficking group founded in South Dakota. Call to Freedom provides support services and works with partners in our community to navigate a healthy path for victims.
As women come in to Call to Freedom’s ministry, often with no possessions, they can receive instantly helpful items in a Freedom Bag. They are immediately shown love and support as they begin to transition out of the lifestyle of exploitation and abuse. When a woman is referred and comes into Call to Freedom’s program, she treated with dignity and the honor she deserves.
If you or your group would like to help women coming out of human trafficking by creating Freedom Bags, you will bring hope and help make a difference.
Here’s how to put together a Freedom Bag:
Choose a tote bag or zipper bag that has strong handles and could hold a number of items. Use the list below and fill the bag. Please choose a size of Medium, Large, Extra Large or 2XL for the clothing items.
- A t-shirt
- Long, stretchy yoga-type pants
- Light jacket or sweatshirt (optional)
- A pair of underwear, socks, and a light sports-type bra
- Full size shampoo & conditioner, hair styling products, deodorant, full size toothpaste/toothbrush, full size body lotion, shaver, hair ponies, comb/pick, lip balm, and a wallet (perhaps including a gift card to purchase other necessities)
Once you have a Freedom Bag put together, bring it to one of our Life 96.5 Summer Sticker Stops:
- Life 96.5 studios (4721 W. 71st St. Sioux Falls)
- Call To Freedom offices
- Austad’s Golf
- Shaybe’s Boutique in Rock Valley, IA (1419 Main St.)
In an in-studio interview, Brad Peterson of Life 96.5 talks with Becky Rasmussen of Call To Freedom, and to Abby, who has been rescued: