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{scs} shop + donate = rescue

A few years ago I met a ten-year old boy in India. The young boy was a “runner” from a local factory. He was not attending school, he was not paid a living wage- if he even received a wage at all. My interaction with him shook me to my core, and began to shape the way I looked at my purchases. I soon discovered that of the estimated 27 million slaves in our world, at least 12.3 million of those are in forced labor (www.polarisproject.org). I did not want to purchase items that were made by children or slaves. I wanted to make sure my money reflected my values. It hasn’t been easy, and I’ve not done an exceptionally good job at it, but I have spent the past several years changing the way I shop.

I’ve found that shopping at secondhand stores is a simple, affordable way I can purchase new (to me) products without contributing to companies who are using slave labor. I can hit up thrift stores and consignment stores to find gently used products. It is one practical way to reduce my contribution to slavery, and to be a little more “green” in my overall lifestyle. It also helps with my newlywed-recent-college-graduate budget.

Wellspring Living has implemented a fantastic way to shop secondhand. I was thrilled to learn about the Wellspring Treasures stores. When you shop at one of these stores, you are able to find reasonably priced, upscale consignment store clothing and home goods. The stores are attractive, well-organized and are full of beautiful products. Some of the products for sale are even repurposed by some of the women in the Wellspring Program. But my favorite part of the Wellspring Treasures store is that my money is going to provide services to victims. My purchases and my donations are directly contributing to fighting modern day slavery. Wellspring uses all proceeds from sales at the stores to fund their programs.

There are four store locations in the Metro Atlanta area. You can shop or donate in Kennesaw, Duluth, Peachtree City, and Virginia Highland. The stores are run by volunteers, so it’s also an excellent volunteer opportunity to contribute to the work of Wellspring Living with your time. You can go to the organization website to get information about the operation hours, donation times, and volunteer opportunities at your neighborhood store.

I first shopped at the location in Kennesaw about a week after it opened. I purchased the garter I wore at my wedding. It felt wonderful to wear something on my wedding day that helped someone in my city. About a month later, I donated a couple of pieces of furniture to the store. I also purchased a simple cabinet for me and my husband’s new apartment. I was able to do a little bit of repurposing and added some cute knobs and pulls to personalize the cabinet to fit our apartment. I think it looks great in our dining room.

With every purchase and every donation to a Wellspring Treasures Store, you are directly giving to an organization that rescues and restores the lives of women and girls in our city. You are fighting human trafficking with your shopping. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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3 thoughts on “{scs} shop + donate = rescue

  1. Sharon, in the case of unresolved itenrnal conflicts, they might be deeply buried away so that we avoid looking at them. For me it was impossible to avoid looking at some of them, when my children were born. Their births and the amazing transformation they brought to me and my life, forced me to look at them “right in the eyes”. It is not necessarily easy and doesn’t happen all at once. It takes time. You fight back because you don’t want to be confronted with them. But ultimately if you follow your intuition, if you listen to your inner voice, you know you will be so much better after having looked at them. I am glad I listened. I am glad I took the opportunities of life. And I am so grateful to those 2 little ones who without knowing it, made me a better person. It also reminds me of one of the ideas developed in the book “Many Lives, Many Masters”: there is a purpose to whom you encounter in your life, to whom you live with. They all have something to teach you about, so that you have the opportunity to get rid of them and you do not carry them over with you to another life.

  2. It\’s great to find someone so on the ball

  3. Great stuff, you helped me out so much!

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