The Mizzou chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM) recently hosted Threads, a clothing thrift store event.
The chapter held the thrift store to raise money for IJM, an international organization that works to end modern-day slavery, rescue enslaved people, prosecute traffickers and change laws that allow slavery to continue.
They have been selling clothes online throughout the year and held an in-person thrift store on campus in years past. At the beginning of the semester, members decided they wanted to hold another Threads event in the spring
Alyssa Shikles leads Mizzou’s chapter of IJM and believes the event was a success.
“We decided to go for it to see if anyone would come and they did!… We definitely surpassed all our goals,” she said.
The chapter’s fundraising goal was $300-$500, but they raised $1,000 for IJM. Combined with online clothing sales, they were able to donate $1,500 to IJM for their rescue missions.
The Mizzou chapter of IJM tries to advocate, spread awareness and fundraise.
Shikles used to think that human trafficking was a faraway issue but became passionate about it when she learned it happens in our own backyard.
“It’s a U.S. problem, it’s a Columbia problem and it’s something we all need to care about,” she said.
To learn more about IJM visit their website.