By Michelle Williams
In hopes to prevent and help eliminate modern forms of human trafficking local and globally, Noblesville First United Methodist Church is hosting the Freedom Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event will benefit various groups and organizations that work to eradicate human trafficking.
The Freedom Party has been organized by the UMW Esther Circle at NFUMC in conjunction with the church’s youth group. Members of the youth group will model and present items for sale from event vendors, which include Accessories for Hope, Center for Global Impact and byTavi. Each of the vendors use proceeds from sales to positively impact the lives of victims of human trafficking.
During the event, information will be presented about the causes that each vendor supports. “Once you hear the stories, you feel like you need to buy something from each one of the vendors to help. It’s a great thing,” said Brooke Crum, chairman of the UMW Esther Circle NFUMC chapter.
Visitors can expect two, 15-minute presentations, a fashion show and time to visit and shop with vendor booths. Items available for purchase are made by victims of human trafficking and include clothing, fashion accessories, food specialties and other handmade items.
Refreshments will also be available. “We’ll serve cookies made with fair trade chocolate,” Crum said.
The informational presentations will educate attendees about how human trafficking affects Noblesville as well as other communities around the world. Crum said the group hopes to raise awareness and share ways the community can help to stop human trafficking.
NFUMC is at 2051 Monument St. Those interested in learning more or supporting victims of human trafficking may visit the vendor websites at www.accessoriesforhope.com, www.centerforglobalimpact.org, or www.bytavi.com.