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Valentine’s Day is a time every year where we celebrate love. Love146 believes that love protects and empowers the vulnerable. We’re asking you to celebrate this love that by throwing a party around Valentine’s Day. Invite friends and make them aware of the problem of child trafficking and exploitation. Give them an opportunity to join in on solving the problem.

In this packet, you’ll find suggestions on events you can host and also resources to help you pull it off. – but don’t let our ideas limit you! If you think of something not here, do it. You’re part of the team and we value everything you bring to it. And as always, please feel free to ask for help. We love talking to people passionate about abolition. You can email us at or you can call David at 203.772.4420.


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Where does the money go?

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children estimates that there are over 100,000 children trafficked and sexually exploited annually. That’s unacceptable.

The money raised this year will help support Love146’s work in the United States protecting and empowering children -- including those who are at-risk of, or being trafficked. Last year you helped us hire an additional social worker, and we need to grow, sustain, and deepen that work. In 2014, we will provide prevention education to more children in America, protecting them by helping them recognize the tactics of pimps and traffickers -- and empowering them to be agents of change with their peers. Children are the best people to reach other children, and we must get to them before traffickers do. And as we prepare to break ground on a Round Home in the United States to provide holistic care for survivors, we will continue to educate and support children who have been commercially sexually exploited or who are at a very high risk of being trafficked.


last year’s success!

e e e e e e e e e e Last Valentine’s Day, we set out to add an

additional social worker to the fight... And we did it!

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Because of your generosity (and awesome parties!) we were able to bring Carolina Fuentes onto our team. She started with us in the spring and has helped us reach more than 1,000 students in U.S. schools with much-needed prevention education. With you help, we’ll sustain, grow, and deepen this work, educating and responding the children.

Carolina Fuentes, msw doing prevention education in a classroom.


table of contents sweet sale 7

dessert party 10

fun movie night 14

clothing swap 16


evening of dinner & dancing 18


Sweet Sale Hosting a love-themed bake sale at your school, work or church is an incredibly easy way to raise support for the work of Love146 – while satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth.


Sweet Sale

1. Gather volunteers – ask friends and family for help.

Make it clear what Love146 does, why you’re passionate to support us and when the bake sale is.

2. choose a venue and plan your booth

– the more public the better Sometimes retail stores will be happy to have your booth set up nearby. Festivals, street fairs, outdoor public concerts, and other public events can also be excellent choices. But no matter where you decide, make sure that it is legal to hold at the spot you choose, and get permission, if applicable. Finally, be sure you have backup plan in case it starts to rain – this could be an indoor venue, or a tent. For the booth itself, You don’t have to get fancy. Drape a tablecloth over some card tables or folding tables. Decorate your booth and have signs ready to grab attention and always have garbage bags ready for cleanup. Make sure you start with a cash box with money for change.

3. figure out how much - how much will you raise and how much will you bake?

Set a fundraising goal and think about how many sweet you need to sell to reach it. $200 could provide a session of intensive prevention education to a group of high risk and potentially exploited girls - So if you sell brownies at $1 each, that’s only 14 pans of brownies! (We suggest slighly more variety though).

4. Publicize the event – trust us, people will look forward to this

If your bake sale is at school, put up posters around campus. If it’s at a church, ask the pastor to make a special announcement. If it’s at work, send out a mass email.

5. Start baking – do-it-yourself is cheaper and tastier

Be careful that your items are reasonably priced, otherwise you may have a hard time selling.

6. Offer drinks – milk and cookies go together like…milk and cookies

Make sure to offer drinks that go well with the weather. Inside? Milk, soda and water are great. Outside? Hot chocolate and warm cider work great on cold days.

7. Bring paper plates, napkins, forks and cups – people will probably want to eat on the run. Account for how people will actually eat your baked goods.

8. Leave the area clean – it’s the nice thing to do. “I would encourage others by telling them that Love146 is one of the easiest organizations to get involved with. They supply everything that you need from information pamphlets to training materials. They really show us that they want everyone to be involved by providing everything that one could possibly need to get a Task Force off the ground. All abolitionists need to supply is their own passion.” – Jenna Garwood, Philadelphia, PA


Shanta’s Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons hot water 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans. 3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

Shanta Shell is our Donations & Database Coordinator -- and a southern belle to boot! Hailing from the great state of Alabama, in addition to making sure all your donations get processed and dispersed to our programs, she’s the mamma to our whole staff team, keeping us well supplied with southern biscuits and hugs.


Dessert Party Like bake sales, dessert potlucks are an easy way to raise awareness and money for Love146 – while spending a fun time with family and friends. It’s also a great opportunity to network with local bakers and small business owners and invite them to participate in an event that will get them great publicity!


Dessert Party

1. Decide who should come.

Think about who you want to come and who you think will come – and then think about some general ideas to help guide you through the rest of your planning. Want your extended family there? Maybe you should ask an aunt or uncle to help with planning and hosting. Want your church community there? Speak with your pastor about hosting it in a church.

2. Get started right away.

We’ve found it helpful to allow for about 4-6 weeks for this to go from initial planning to actually hosting. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of room for preparing, but the key is to get started right away. Email so we can help you through this.

3. nail down location, date & fundraising goals

This all depends on the size and audience of your event. Want an intimate get-together with a few friends? Your house is a great idea. Want a huge banquet? Look for a church or community center willing to donate some space. Also, set a fundraising goal for the event. You may want one goal for the entire night, perhaps $200? This can provide a session of intensive prevention education to a group of high risk and potentially exploited girls. Sharing this with guests or having a suggested donation amount for guests will be motivating and helpful in reaching your goal.

4. Invite, invite and then invite again!

Phone calls and hand-written invitations work the best, but any promotion is good promotion. Use Facebook and Twitter, print out the flyer at in the Additional Resources and post it around school or work. Make sure your contact information is on there – name, email and phone number work great!

5. Brainstorm a list of things that can be done at the event.

We suggest introducing Love146 and our work, saying that you’ll be inviting them to give later on in the evening, digging into desserts and beverages, playing some board games, perhaps inviting a Love146 Speaker at your event and then asking if people would be willing to donate to our work.

“I would encourage fellow abolitionists not to be shy and just jump in. You don’t by any means have to be an expert in human trafficking. But you do need to learn as you go and strive to continually educate yourselves and others. Connect with other anti-trafficking groups in your area. Make sure you make it a collaborative effort in your community! This is how the most effective change will take place. Also, start small with your fundraising and awareness events and build from there. It’s not about the numbers but about the quality of your awareness and the people your reach.” – Kelly Towers, Lancaster, PA


Jen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes Ingredients Cupcakes: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup butter, softened 4 eggs 1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 1 cup sour cream 1 (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Color

Cream Cheese Icing: 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract 1 (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. 2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 30 paperlined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. 3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. 4. Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

Jen Franz is our Accounting Coordinator -- with a head of red hair & an extensive knowledge and appreciation of music, Jen is a New Yorker through and through. Jen brings to our team the attitude & sass that you want on the side of Abolition and razor sharp bookeeping skills - so our budgets stay as fresh as hot cupcakes.


Nicole’s Peanut Butter Balls This recipe makes 4 dozen.


2 cups creamy peanut butter (for a crunchier variation, use crunchy peanut butter) 1/2 cup melted butter 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 cups crisp rice cereal 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions 1. Mix peanut butter, melted butter, crispy rice cereal and confectioners’ sugar well in large bowl and blend together thoroughly. 2. Form into 1 inch or smaller balls, spread on cookie sheets, chill till firm in refrigerator (overnight is okay). 3. Melt chocolate in double boiler and keep melted while working with balls. A teaspoon or toothpick is best to use in dipping the balls in chocolate. Dip good and place on cookie sheet. As you dip them place them back on cookie sheet and keep chilled till firm. 4. Enjoy!

Nicole von Oy is Love146’s Training and Outreach Coordinator. As a social worker with our U.S. Prevention efforts, Nicole is on the ground in schools and group homes working directly with children and adults to make them aware and protect them from the risks of trafficking in their midst. When she’s not doing triathlons or snuggling with her Yorkie, Mattie, you’ll find her having donuts and going to court with survivors of trafficking that she personally mentors.


Fun Movie Night On the following page are some helpful hints on how to create a fun environment for friends and family to come to and learn about the work of Love146 and how they can get involved:


Fun Movie Night

1. Devise a theme

One of the hardest aspects of planning an event is finding a draw. What would get your friends and family excited about giving to Love146? You can show a fictional film shedding light on the issue of child trafficking such as: • Fields Of Mudan - • The Candy Shop - Or you can choose a universally enjoyed film that will entice people to come. (The Princess Bride is our personal favorite!) Take a few moments before it starts to speak briefly about Love146 and show a short video about our work from Love146’s Video Webpage. Or if you prefer a DVD format, contact

2. Create a donation website & set fundraising goals

Consider creating an online donation webpage for your event with a “suggested donation” amount that you could include in the invitation. How about $20? That could provide a session of prevention education for two students in a U.S. classroom (see page 5 for more info). Click here to visit the Love146 StayClassy Website and get started.

3. Consider alternative methods of fundraising

Have a table with a Love146 donation collection box and printed materials explaining how to get involved. Some downloadable Donation Labels that you can print off and paste on jars are available at under Additional Resources. You can also print out our Event Signup Sheet, which has a number of options for people to get involved. Email events@love146 for more details. You can also sell your own concessions to moviegoers (popcorn, candy and soda come to mind…) Ask local retailers like Trader Joes, Costco, and Starbucks if they’d be willing to donate these goods.

4. Promote the event

As in the previous example of showing a documentary, promoting your event is key. Create a free online invitation to send to all of your friends, family, and colleagues. is great for this. Also, consider developing a flyer graphic to post online, share on social media, and print out to hang around town. Contact if you’d like us to promote your event by including it on our Calendar of Events and sending out email notifications to local supporters.


Make sure to visit for invitations, decorations, flyer templates, donation jar labels and more!


Clothing Swap A clothing swap happens when a group of friends get together, bring some pieces of clothing they don’t wear anymore and trade their clothing for a friend’s – all while eating snacks and catching up with conversation. It takes very little prep work and can be a really fun way of making friends aware of the work Love146 does. Email for help and visit for more resources.


Clothing Swap

1. Gather a team together

Get your closest friends together and tell them you want to host a clothing swap. If they don’t already know about Love146, show our Intro Video and tell them you’d like to raise money to support our work.

2. Answer the where, when and how – and get started!

We’ve found it helpful to allow for about 4-6 weeks for this to go from initial planning to actually hosting. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of room for preparing, but the key is to get started right away. Make sure to email so we can help you through this. Confirm a location, the date and time of the event. Check community event calendars and your friends’ schedules.

3. set a fundraising goal

Check out the goals on page 5 of this pack, and think about what seems good to you. Maybe $200 for the event? This amount could provide a session of intensive prevention education to a group of high risk and potentially exploited girls. If you’re providing wine and snacks, a suggested donation per person may also work.

4. Email us with any questions

Contact us at and receive event materials in the mail – DVD with Love146 promo video clips for the event, info brochures, donation envelopes and more.

5. Network with local vendors

Reach out to local supermarkets to provide snacks and drinks for the event in return for advertising.

6. Who’s coming to the event?

Clothing Swaps are unlike most events in that you don’t want a lot of strangers going through your wardrobe. Start inviting friends, but make sure of who’s coming. Clothing Swaps are best at home.

7. Use the week before the event to tie up any loose ends

Buy any snacks or beverage you’ll need – wine, cheese, crackers and grapes ALWAYS work. Confirm who’s coming and reach out to people who haven’t RSVP’d yet. Gather all the materials you need – full-length mirrors, clothing racks, a DVD player to show Love146 videos, etc…

“I’ve been a donor to Love146 for some time and I was hoping to find a way to do more. We created what I lovingly called a “Love Clothing Swap”. The invitation stated -- “Bring your well-loved but no longer worn clothes and leave with newly adopted clothes soon to be loved and worn by you.” We served drinks and appetizers, spread clothes around different parts of the house… we had a moment when we paused, thanked those who were involved in coordinating the event, and then spoke about Love146. We also had a donation vase. Several women were already familiar with the issue of human trafficking and for others it was a newer issue… it provided the ladies with hope to hear success and restoration stories.” - Bernadette Barber, Los Angeles, CA


An Evening of Dinner & Dancing Don’t let the title scare you – hosting dinners for large groups isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. Love146 supporters, from church members to co-workers, have found that dinners (with accompanying dance parties) aren’t just a great way to raise awareness and funds for Love146, but to also reach out and better know the people they see every day.


An Evening of Dinner & Dancing 1. Identify the “large group” you want to invite to this event.

Sit and think for a moment about what group of people in your life you think would respond well to an invitation to a benefit dinner to support Love146. Your church community? Your co-workers? Make sure this group of people extends farther out than simply family as you want to cast a wide net of invitations – and your family probably already knows your passion for Abolition!

2. Set the date, location & fundraising Goal

Make sure this fits with the group you’re looking to reach out to. If you want to invite your church community, ask leaders at your church a good day and time to have the event. If you want to invite co-workers, think about a setting that would make them feel comfortable. Also, think about what kind of food and atmosphere you should provide. Would a banquet hall or backyard bar-b-q be best? Finally, set your mind now upon the amount of money you’d like to raise. Perhaps $2,000? This would fund all the costs of a prevention educator working on the frontlines of the abolition battle for one week. Learn more about this on page 5.

3. Get started – NOW!

Everyone we’ve talked to has said the same thing over and over – get started now! You’ll find an event timeline on the next page. We suggest starting 8-10 weeks out.

4. Consider adding a silent auction to your event.

This is where you can really make an impact with your event. Reach out to local vendors, companies and retail stories and ask if they’d be willing to donate anything that can be auctioned off during the event. Consider gifts that everyone can enjoy- Ask your local Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for donated coffee, your favorite restaurant/clothing store/hair salon for gift certificates or even your friends who are sports fanatics to part with some memorabilia. The sky’s the limit! Brainstorm some local companies you could go and visit and then ask!

5. Invite as many people as you can.

The ratio of people who come to an event as compared with those you invite is low. Make sure to reach out to anyone and everyone you can think of. Phone calls and hand-written invitations will receive a greater number of attendees than text messages and emails. Also, don’t forget to promote the event on Facebook and Twitter – you might get a handful of people at the event who you wouldn’t have thought to call.

6. Please contact us with any and all questions you have.

We can’t stress this enough – we’re here to help and we love working with passionate abolitionists such as yourself. Email us at If you’d like to request a speaker, fill out our Speaker Request Form.

“Hosting an event for Love146 is a lot of work but seeing people respond to the need was so encouraging. Our first year, we started very small (8 couples!) but even sharing with a few people can make a big difference.” – Nikki Zyp, Sandy, UT


Sample Timeline To help you ensure a successful dinner, here’s a sample timetable. It may be helpful to print this checklist out, add elements that are relevant to you and distribute it to your team, having them check off tasks as they are completed with deadlines.

8-10 weeks before (GETTING STARTED) ❑ Figure out what you’re doing—here are some examples to help you start brainstorming: • Cocktail party • Banquet dinner at church • Bar-b-q • Potluck at your house ❑ Receive event materials in the mail (DVD with Love146 promo video clips, orientation packets, donation envelopes and printed informational materials) ❑ If you are interested in requesting a Love146 speaker, complete the Speaker Request Form as one of your first steps

7 weeks before (ORGANIZING YOURSELF)

❑ Determine the where, when, who, why and what of the dinner ❑ Choose a location, date and time (check community event calendars and your friends’ schedules) ❑ Set a fundraising goal ❑ Form a team to work with you and decide what their responsibilities will be ❑ Write out an action plan and a to-do list with deadlines and team accountability ❑ Nail down a guest list ❑ Reserve any necessary equipment ❑ Contact, let us know what you’re planning and allow us to assist you as needed

6 weeks before (INVITING OTHERS) ❑ Consider using a free online invitation platform (like to save on printing costs and request RSVPs so you know how many people you are expecting—more on writing the invitations in a little bit ❑ Create your own website for selling tickets to your house party and give people the option of donating beforehand by visiting:

5 weeks before (FUNDRAISING FOR LOVE146) ❑ Set a fundraising goal: Engaging people to reach the target at your house party effectively sets a sense of achievement and goodwill to make the goal a reality ❑ Matching Gifts: Ask your employers to match the amount you raise. There is a tax incentive for them and they can easily double the amount you are raising. ❑ Consider purchasing Love146 Donation Envelopes to have on hand in case people want to send in their credit card information or donate at a later time – visit the Love146 Store and click on “Paper Products” ❑ Start reaching out to local vendors for items that could be sold at a silent auction during the event.


Sample Timeline To help you ensure a successful dinner, here’s a sample timetable. It may be helpful to print this checklist out, add elements that are relevant to you and distribute it to your team, having them check off tasks as they are completed with deadlines.

4 weeks before (PREPARING FOOD & DRINK) ❑ Try to get food and drinks donated: Many companies (restaurants, co-ops, natural food stores, beverage suppliers, etc…) have budgets for donated goods for such events – if you know any caterers, this could work too ❑ Know any business owners? Ask them to sponsor your benefit dinner – by covering the expenses, they have the ability to double or even triple their contribution and in return, you can let all your guests know about their generosity

3 weeks before (GIVING A CALL TO ACTION) ❑ Head over to our Get Involved page and learn all the ways you and your guests can support the work of Love146 ❑ Have a table set aside for Love146 print materials that encourage people to sign up for our mailing list, join a Task Force, give monthly and donate to Love146 – contact for more details ❑ Prepare remarks that explain your own story of Abolition and why you want them to get involved in the movement – remind your guests about your fundraising goals and don’t be afraid to ask for donations ❑ Consider showing a short Love146 video: You can download them from our Video Webpage or contact events@ if you prefer a DVD format.

1-2 weeks before (WRAPPING THINGS UP) ❑ Plan food or refreshments (Pre-dinner drinks? After-dinner dessert?) ❑ Purchase or get donations of beverages and supplies ❑ Make sure all guests have directions and follow up with people who haven’t responded ❑ Call those who have said they will come to remind them of date and time and to make sure they have directions


Make sure to visit for invitations, decorations, flyer templates, donation jar labels and more!


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w We’re here for you. We believe in you. And children are waiting for us to make sure they’re safe and protected from those that would exploit their vulnerability. They’re waiting for holistic care - for someone to journey with them towards healing and recovery. Thanks for celebrating Love this Valentine’s Day that truly changes lives.

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Love protects. Love defends. Love restores. Love empowers.

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