Ask Amy: Celebrate the season by giving to charity
The Chicago Tribune's Amy Dickinson featured Polaris in her "Ask Amy" column. Read an exerpt below:
Dear Readers: Many of us are now in the recovery mode of the holiday season — after attending and hosting holiday events, gorging on gingerbread men and eggnog and letting the glitter of the season release us from December's gloom. In the spirit of the season, I present my annual roundup of charitable organizations readers should consider supporting.
Your donation may go further at a small local nonprofit than at a large charity. All contributions count. So do nonmonetary acts of kindness, such as shoveling a neighbor's walk, bringing a casserole to a grieving person, or simply abiding with someone in need through friendship.
...Polaris (www.polarisproject.org): I first became aware of the work of Polaris through a family member's advocacy. Human trafficking is modern slavery, and victims are often vulnerable people who are coerced, dislocated and then forced into slavery — often in the sex trade. Victims of trafficking are sometimes in our midst, at bus stops, motels and truck stops. Law enforcement, clerks and long-haul truckers are now being trained in ways to spot and rescue these individuals. Victims can text BeFree (233733) and be connected with an advocate.