Mend Broken Hearts with Love Gifts

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What breaks your heart? The hungry. The sick. The lonely. The forgotten.

For me, it breaks my heart to know that slavery still exists. To trick a person with a misleading promise. To order them to sell their body or work for free. To give them a number instead of a name. My heart not only breaks, but it ignites.

An organization called, Love 146 is “celebrating broken hearts that change the world.” Love 146 does more than make ripples, it prevents, educates, and restores children sold into sex slavery. Love 146 liberates children.

A child is more than a number

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

How do you define love? Saint Valentine’s love was defiant. He secretly performed marriage rituals for single men. These men could stay with their loved ones, instead of going to war for a cause they didn’t believe in.

How do you celebrate love? Chocolate hearts. Roses. Candlelight dinners. Expand your celebration of love to include the broken hearted.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

Share Gifts of Love to the Broken Hearted:

1. Gift a Donation – Honor a loved one alive or deceased with a donation. Be inspired by others. Honor their passion for the broken hearted. Give the gift of a donation with an e-card or a sweetheart gift.

2. Light a Memory Candle – Remember those who have fought to abolish slavery. The lit candle symbolizes a safe place. Join freedom fighters and light the way to safety.

3. Host a Fundraiser – If you are an event planner, host a local fundraiser for your favorite charity. Share your broken heart with others. Raise donations with an art auction, a comedy, or a fast. (More event ideas.)

4. Purchase Survivor-Made Gifts – Survivors of slavery are taught to secure safe employment. Many survivors make their own jewelry, bags, and gifts. Help prevent human trafficking in high risk communities.

5. Educate with Apparel – Share stories of modern day slavery with apparel: Free The GirlsLove 146,  Sales go to free a slave. People will ask. Share the meaning and opportunity we each have to liberate.

6. Support Safe Jobs – For Ladies Only. Your underwear draw can give a rescued slave a job. Donate your bras to “Free the Girls.”

7. Make a Monthly Donation – Set up an automatic donation out of your checking account. Just $25 a month will help a liberated slave have a safe home, therapy, medical care, nutrition, and an education.

8. Blog About Your Passion – Create your own “Broken Heart Club.” Ignite your heart. Pursue your passion. Share your story on your blog.

Link back to this post, so we can start a wave of love. Share small steps for world change. Together, we can give someone a temporary home to mend their hearts and bodies. How many can we reach with our love gifts?

This is my temporary home

Text to Give a $5 Donation to Love 146 Via Your Phone

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Photo Credit: D. Sharon Pruitt

There are so many ways to give and receive love. Over 40 bloggers have shared their thoughts on love at the Love Sparks Blogging Festival.


9 responses to “Mend Broken Hearts with Love Gifts

  1. I had no idea so many amazing organisations existed to help the ‘broken hearted’, Marci. I shall read this again and make notes of all the links, and will certainly be linking back to this post very soon.
    Your post brings a whole new meaning to this Valentine’s week.

    • There are a lot of great organizations doing amazing things. I’ve tried to focus on one thing/one organization, so I don’t spread myself too thin. In my search, I’ve collected a lot of links/websites. I’m excited and humbled to share what others are doing. Hoping we too can find our passions in the world…

  2. This is beautiful, Marci. Human traficking is one of those harsh realities that many of us can’t stomach and would prefer to look away from. And yet it’s very real and it exists in our country today. No personal growth can evolve without radiating to others. We have to stop thinking only of ourselves; it’s the only way to live a life worth living.

  3. Hi Marci,
    How wonderful and loving this is. I agree with Belinda, we have to think of others. Sometimes I know I’m way to wrapped up in myself and my blog. I often wonder if this is the best use of my time! Going to add link to my blog now.

    • It’s a balancing act, isn’t it. I spent most of last year trying to adapt to the slowing economy, and very focused on myself. So, I decided this year I am going to give myself away more to those that are holding boulder size problems. While working on not taking on others small problems. Both can be liberating.

  4. bigskylifecoach

    It is so amazing to me that this still happens…thank you for sharing and helping create that most important awareness.

    When I traveled a few years ago to Asia I was blown away by the number of children that were holding signs for money, soliciting food and work on the street. My sister (who lives in Jakarta permanently) told me about the pracitice of “pimps” stealing these girls from families and forcing them to work on the streets. They get nothing for it. I was appalled! We all must do our part, no matter how little, to help raise awareness and look outside our “boxes.”

    Thank you!
    Jen

    • Thank you for joining the discussion. I know I have felt like there wasn’t much I could do, but I think we can all make ripples in the monstrous world problems. Nice to meet you Jen.

  5. So hard to imagine that child sex slavery continues to exist, but thank you for reminding us. We can live our day to day lives and so easily forget the suffering of others.