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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.