This Is Why We Give
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Rumi
I’m Monica Walls, and I began Glad to be Giving.
While recovering from cancer I happened upon the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, describing his company, TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes gives a pair of shoes to a needy child in Argentina for every pair of shoes they sell.
Having cancer made me reflect on my life and what I have contributed, and what I would want to leave behind when I'm gone. I was inspired to start something that mattered.
Although I had cancer and originally thought I would create a business designed to help people with cancer, the subject of human trafficking was one that seemed to connect most with me - with sadness, anger, and grief. The thought of humans being tattooed with bar codes so they could be bought and sold like merchandise made my blood run cold. I knew I had to do something to help end the horror of human trafficking.
The need is urgent. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. The State Department reported that 80% are female and half are children. Many more are trafficked within national borders.
On learning those kinds of statistics, I had to get involved.
This isn’t strictly a charity. It is a business model in which giving is integral to the way we do business. This site aims to help you select and purchase gifts for yourself or those you love along with helping victims of traffickers.
Twenty five percent of the profits earned from this site will go to victims of human trafficking.
As we get funds and disburse them, we will share our stories of those helped, and of those still in need.
I am fortunate that my struggle with cancer did not break me physically, emotionally, or financially. I am also fortunate to be able to use that experience in a way to help others. I genuinely am Glad to be Giving.
Thank you for visiting.