I’m part of the Not For Sale Campaign’s Free2Play Foundation. Before last Tuesday’s game, we had a pre-game ceremony to raise awareness about slavery and human trafficking. Some of the people from Not For Sale were present at the event, including my friend David Batstone, the president. The Giants organization has been awesome in its support of our efforts.
Everyone involved in Not For Sale/Free2Play has been called together to accomplish great things. Thanks to the dedicated participation of every donor, staff member, and volunteer, we’ve built a medical facility in Thailand for kids who were rescued by Not For Sale from traffickers. We built a basketball court for them as well. We’ve also built soccer fields in South America, and we’ve built a school in Uganda.
Building facilities like these is a major accomplishment. We get it done because so many people give small amounts of time or money or both, and that adds up to big results.
And look at who we’re helping: the most vulnerable people alive. Some of these kids are in an environment where right at the get-go they get sold off by their parents, or maybe kidnapped and sold to work in cocoa fields or sweat shops or brothels, or to become a soldier in someone’s private army.
It’s just a devastating act. I know they say it’s inhumane, but it’s worse than that. It’s hard to believe that a person with a heartbeat, with blood pumping through their veins, can actually take another human being and sell them like a product.
Think about all the slaves brought into the U.S. every year. I mean, this is a country people run to for freedom, but 18,000 people a year find themselves enslaved. And it could be a lot more than that, since it’s really hard to get an accurate count. You multiply that over ten years and that’s almost 200,000 people! Or more! And this is a growing problem. The more people I can bring awareness of this to, the better.
How about signing up at Not For Sale, and joining the abolitionist movement? I give $250.00 for every strikeout and $250.00 for every hold. Why not add to my pledge? Could you give a dollar or two? If ten of you did that, then together we’d donate $260 – $270 for every strikeout and every hold. You see, when we work together, we get extremely effective!
The problem might be growing, but so are the ranks of the people fighting the traffickers. There is so much you can do, and you can start right now. Anyone can have a huge impact just by joining forces with a lot of other people. It’s not about the amount you give. It’s the number of individuals giving that makes the difference. If we work together, we can do anything. Together, we’ll fight the traffickers. And we’ll ruin them. See you Tuesday.