Among the three anti-human trafficking groups that Top Buttons initiative Sozo United for Freedom has partnered with, we'd like to take the opportunity to spotlight The Porch Light's own efforts to end human trafficking. The Porch Light is Lakeland, Florida’s first safe house for sex trafficked underage girls. Along with providing housing, girls are provided with education, medical care, counseling, and spiritual discipleship. On top of that, the organization is continually taking the time to educate the public on prevention and working to change laws surrounding this issue.
Sozo United for Freedom wants to invite everyone in the Lakeland, Florida area to join us in shining a light on human trafficking during Porch Light’s Shine a Light fundraiser weekend. If you desire to do your part to help end human trafficking we ask you to join the Top Buttons team on the weekend of the 24th.
The Shine a Light weekend events include the following:
Shine a Light 5k
Friday, October 24 at 6:30pm Lake Hollingsworth 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland $30 – after October 3 Register under team top buttons
Shine a Light Festival
Saturday, October 25 from 10am – 1:00pm First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland FREE
Shine a Light Gala
Saturday, October 25 at 6:00pm • Florida Southern College Branscomb Auditorium 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland $50 – tickets include a performance featuring internationally-renowned recording artist Jason Castro, a former contestant on American Idol.
Regardless of whether or not you live in the area, there are several more ways to get involved with the porch light, from financial donations, to volunteering your time. To learn more about the porch light and ways you can get involved visit The Porch Light's home page.
Sozo encourages you to find ways in your local community to get involved and do your part to end human trafficking. Perhaps there is an anti-human trafficking organization where you live where you can volunteer your time. On the other hand, if you are already involved in ending modern slavery, we would love to hear from you and what you are doing to help end this issue!