Just FYI, we’re going to be hitting you up for money & items soon.
The Survivor Bags campaign is coming.
It was about 8:30pm, we were packing up a pop-up when a young woman happened to come down the hallway. I can see her plain as day, maybe 5’ tall, stringy blonde hair, mottled complexion, and young—very young. She popped her head in and asked what we were all about.
She was from Chicago, only had the clothes on her back and hadn’t eaten in days. She checked into the cheap hotel we were working in so that she could dance in the local strip clubs and hook if she wasn’t making any money. We got her fed. She chowed down on the pizza that we had. She didn’t have a cell phone, we got her one. She didn’t have anything to her name and we only had about 5 minutes face-time to work.
In a situation like this, time is of the essence, as is trust. The team that we work with is amazing with people, we don’t ask questions, we just listen.
So why am I telling you this?
Once a year we do a drive to assemble survivor bags; it’s our answer for worst-case scenarios like the situation I’ve described above. A survivor bag is a month-in-a-bag for those times when we have 5 minutes of contact and need to act fast. They are also available to all of our other partner-organizations when they encounter similar circumstances.
The survivor bag contains toiletries, clothes, food, water bottle, small denomination gift cards to pharmacies and restaurants, cell phone (when necessary) and various other sundries. It enables us to work quickly, discretely.
Now, the catch: we have an internal mandate of doing no harm. This means, that our survivor bags are assembled from materials and companies that guarantee no forced labor, no child labor, and no animal testing on their products. This makes it kind of a pain to assemble, but that’s how we do it. We can’t help in one area, while harming in another.
So be on the lookout, we’re assembling this years list & indiegogo online campaign now. It should be released in a couple of weeks. We’re going to be looking for financial donations and/or specific items to fill them up.
I’m hoping that we can assemble 15 this year (each bag is around $350.00 to deck out)
As always, thanks for being a part of our efforts to build a more free world.