ICT SOS receives $1,200 Helping Hand
When you think about ICT SOS, you're also thinking about Jennifer White. The organization is committed to fighting human trafficking.
She founded it a little more than seven years ago and has been running it ever since.
"Our mission is really just to fight the trafficking issue through prevention and providing resources and volunteers and partnering that with the professionals that are working with our victims and survivors," said White.
In 2014, she was talking with a police officer and realized her organization could do more.
"She needed some clothing and hygiene items for a survivor that she was working with, and she just made the off-hand comment that it would be nice to have that stuff bagged up and ready to go," said White.
So White took on the challenge. In the last four years ICT SOS has made and distributed about 1,250 bags to domestic violence shelters, foster agencies, children's homes, police departments and hospitals. It's no longer just trafficking survivors who get them - kids coming in from abuse situations get a bag too.
"How quickly are these going?" asked Scott Evans. "As fast as we can get them in and get them made," said White.
While that's good, it's also a problem. Their service is being used, but they need more supplies and really more volunteers to come and put together the fresh start bags.
Knowing there's that need, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers gave White $1,200 to help get supplies for more bags.
"Oh my gosh, that's amazing," said White. "That's awesome."
White's excitement continued when she meet with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James.
"The DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers here with ICT SOS who bring freedom and hope to victims of human trafficking and we're very excited to lend a Helping Hand," said DeVaughn.
White says the money will go specifically to their Fresh Start Bags.
"We want to make sure that those are available for anyone who needs it, and this will go a long way," said White.
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