July 18, 2017
Writer: David Payne
Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that fights to stop child trafficking around the world. According to their website, their promise is "To the children who we pray for daily, we say: Your long night is coming to an end. Hold on. We are on our way."
Lizzy Mildenhall is a student at BYU-Idaho who is studying social work. She decided to join a small chapter of Operation Underground Railroad in Rexburg and is putting on a fundraising garage sale to benefit their Freedom for All campaign.
"Basically what I'm doing is just collecting donations from people in Rexburg and they've been super responsive which has been great," said Mildenhall. "I was just trying to think of things that I could do. I obviously don't have money to share, being a college student, but I figured this would be a good way, especially since it is a college town. Lots of people are moving in and out and they have lots of stuff that they end up not selling or end up donating to the DI and this is a great cause."
Mildenhall said she was unaware how much trafficking takes place in the United States until she began volunteering with OUR.
"Sex trafficking happens in the United States a lot more than I think people are aware of," said Mildenhall. "So I think when you think of this organization it's important to think that it is really helping kids in the U.S. as well as everywhere else in the world."
The garage sale will be on two different weekends, July 21-22 and 28-29 from 9 am-4 pm at 864 Liberty Lane in Rexburg. More information about Operation Underground Railroad can be found on their website and information on the garage sale can be found on the Rexburg chapter's Facebook page.
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