The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s annual holiday gift program is underway, and they need your help!
Here is a story to highlight why our holiday program is such a special and important part of reaching out to victims every year:
“Sara”, a client, was a victim of trafficking and suffered much abuse. She had been repeatedly let down, time and again, and did not trust us because of how often others had previously failed her, including the systems that had tried to help her in the past. Sara had a hard time trusting her case manager and opening up to her, and was rarely able to even communicate her needs to us because of the walls she had put up to protect herself from further disappointment. Last year we asked her to give us a wish list of items that she and her daughter would like for the holidays. Her response to receiving the gifts was nothing short of a transformation. Sara was significantly impacted by the generosity of those who donated the items she requested, and she was moved because she was receiving a gift without the expectation of having to give anything in return. Sara’s whole demeanor changed after this and was able to open up to us about her story, needs, and develop a trusted relationship with her case manager. Sara wrote us a very touching thank you note, which is attached, sending both her and her daughter’s thanks. The drawing on the left is from her daughter. The thank you letter is a reminder that all of the collective help, work, and donations have made direct impacts on the lives on victims.
There are 2 ways you can help OCHTTF with the holiday season:
• GIFT CARDS. $25 Target or Walmart gift card. The gift cards will allow clients to exercise the ability to freely shop for gifts for themselves and their family. Please mail or drop the gift cards off at CSP no later than December 12, 2014
Community Service Programs
1221 E. Dyer Rd. Ste. 120
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Attention: OCHTTF Holiday Project
• WISH LISTS. We have about 40 clients and immediate family members who will be receiving gifts wrapped and delivered to their doorsteps this year. You can purchase selected gift items from the wish list or sponsor a client. Please do not buy gifts outside of the wish lists. If you or a group you know would like to help out this holiday season please contact our lead volunteer, Cheryl Pittluck, email@example.com for further instructions. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered the week of December 15th.
For questions or if you would like to donate this year, please contact Cheryl Pittluck at firstname.lastname@example.org