Gently Used Clothing Store Helps Fight Abuse and Exploitation
Have you ever had one of those chance meetings that seemed meant to be for a purpose so great that you could not stop thinking about it? Last night was such an encounter for me as I spoke with Cindy Isgette from Wellspring Treasures in Kennesaw.
In my conversation with her I learned both of a terrible problem that exists in Atlanta and our surrounding communities and what she is doing about it. Although not well known, the problem is quite serious.
In our communities surrounding Atlanta and in Atlanta, it may be shocking to learn that our very own daughters are being taken into an ugly world of violent crimes of abuse and sexual exploitation. Many of these girls are now being cared for and restored by organizations such as Wellspring Living. Wellspring Living exists to help girls transition out of the clutches of forced prostitution and human trafficking with services that include recovery, therapeutic, educational, and advocacy programs.
With a problem too huge to comprehend, it may seem more comfortable to turn away. Perhaps like this writer you grew up not knowing the words sex trafficking and sexual slavery.
We may agree that it is terrible, but you may like me be wondering what can we do? It may seem impossible to help especially if we do not feel qualified to deal with this abuse and exploitation effectively. There is something you can do.
Wellspring Treasures is an upscale resale store which supports Wellspring Living. It is a not-for-profit store within the Wellspring Living organization and all proceeds benefit the recovery of females devastated by childhood human trafficking and sexual abuse. Wellspring Treasures offers ways for everyday people like you and I to participate in supporting the effort to help the girls and women within the Wellspring Living restoration programs. By becoming customers, donors, and volunteers to Wellspring Treasures, our efforts connect with a higher purpose and become effective beyond our reach.
• SHOP – Become a customer of Wellspring Treasures and experience friendly service and tremendous bargains. Located next to Marshall’s on Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, they sell name brand items at “thrift” store prices. Wellspring Treasures which encompasses almost 8,000 square feet offers gently used and new furniture, home décor, men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. New merchandise is displayed daily so there are always new items to find.
• DONATE – They stores accept donations of new and gently used furniture, home décor, household items, and clothing. One of the best sellers and most beneficial items in the store is furniture. This includes bookcases, coffee tables, end tables, couches, chairs, and/or bedroom furniture. They also welcome framed art work, centerpieces, lamps, dinnerware and other décor. Gently used or new women’s, men’s clothing are appreciated as well. Consider downsizing your collection of jewelry and accessories.
• VOLUNTEER – The store operates mostly on volunteer power performing a wide variety of duties. There are various jobs within the store which volunteers can perform.
• TELL OTHERS – Spread the word. Invite a friend to shop with you. Host a Donation Drive.
North Metro Church is hosting a donation drive to collect items for Wellspring Treasures. The donation drive will be held on October 15th. To get more information about this drive you can contact the church at 678-290-7830 or call Wellspring Treasures at 770-423-9890.
At the donation drive items can be dropped off that are gently used or new. Items include clothing and accessories, furniture, and household items that can be sold in Wellspring Treasures. These funds directly support programs that assist the programs that are provided by Wellspring Living.
Why am I writing these things and taking my time to tell you about this? To give a voice on behalf of those without that have been caught in an ugly and violent world. I want to do anything I can do to help bring this to a stop, even in one girl’s life. I have to start with one small thing that I can do. Plan on joining the effort by choosing one thing from above that you can do this week.
For more information about Wellspring Living, please visit www.wellspringliving.org .