“My name is Sara Phillips. I am a wife, mother of five, and have been a home educator for over 15 years. A year ago, I connected with a company named Trades
of Hope. I became intrigued with their mission to empower women out of poverty and human trafficking by partnering with artisans around the world by
selling their beautiful handmade products! The more I learned about these artisans, the more I became aware of the extent of human trafficking.
I “met” Lighthouse for Life when I signed up to be a vendor at the Lighthouse for Life Holiday Market. That is where I learned so much about the real problem
here in South Carolina. In January, I attended an event where Heather spoke and immediately signed up to volunteer with events and the Glow Run.
My unique way to volunteer for Lighthouse for Life was to throw a fundraiser birthday gathering. I invited family and friends to shop, visit, and eat cake.
This gave me an opportunity to tell them about Lighthouse for Life and to donate the commission of the party sales! Through this fundraiser, in addition
to financially benefitting Lighthouse for Life, artisans from the following countries were supported: India, Guatemala, Cambodia, Haiti, Philippines,
Uganada, USA, and Thailand. Additionally, three orders qualified for fruit trees to be donated to families in Africa AND the party qualified to have
Trades of Hope donate four life skills classes to womean in Pakistan.
Mother Teres once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across waters to create many ripples.” A purchase of a piece of jewelry,
a purse, or home goods has cast a ripple to Lighthouse for Life, to artisans, their families, and a multitude of others. Our small works have ripple
effects that we may never even realize.”
SAVE THE DATE
Monday March 25 – Economics of Human Trafficking, Irmo, SC
Location: Faith Presbyterian Church (1811 Dutch Fork Rd, Irmo, SC 29063)
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Thursday April 4 – Free Community Awareness Event, Cayce, SC
Location: The Woman’s Club of Cayce (701 Oakland Ave, Cayce, SC 29033)
Time: 6pm – 8pm
We count our 4th annual Run for Her Life 5K as a huge win on March 9th! Many thanks to Jennifer Aldermann for all her hard work putting it together,
as well as MCEC and our other sponsors for providing us with the ability to make it another Glow Run and have all of the items needed to make it great!
A shout out goes to Lannie Ott for her beautiful rendention of The Star Spangled Banner and to Scott and Renee for helping pump us all up with their
warm up routine! And thank you too, to the 530+ runners/walkers/puppies who came to support the many survivors of human trafficking across our great
state of South Carolina!!!
Check out this link to see if you can find yourself or your friends or just enjoy a look at what it was all about – courtesy of Shane Baxley’s
You can also see a fun montage video here. Enjoy!
As the “March Madness” basketball tournaments are underway in Columbia, join us in promoting awareness about human trafficking through our MARCH to stop
the MADNESS campaign.
Follow our social media posts to share.
Article in The State by Cody Dulaney
Join us in welcoming Lorraine Wiseman as our newest warrior level financial business partner!
“Lorraine Wisement is the President and CEO of Leading the Wise Way, a South Carolina-based executive consulting firm specializing in strategy and
change management. Lorraine equips CEOs and executive teams with tools to build their strategies for growth and plans for execution through people.
With executive roles in seven companies across six countries, she brings a wealth of experience to her clients.”
You can learn more about Lorraine and what she does here.
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