What One Girl and Her Decals Can Do

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“When I see numbers in the millions and billions, it’s so easy for my eyes to glaze over and think it’s too big.”

By Danielle Hardy | Twitter: @hardydanielle

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I have to admit, I feel like I’m putting myself “out there” by showing you my excuses internal dialogue:

I don’t like to admit I have excuses that stop me from helping people; and they certainly aren’t intentional. Am I the only one who has thought these things? I guess I look at the facts that 27 million people are presently being trafficked in a 32-billion dollar industry. Those are intimidating numbers. These numbers represent a whole lot of women and children who are trapped with no voice and no way out.

When I see numbers in the millions and billions, it’s so easy for my eyes to glaze over and think it’s too big. But the reality is, this is happening, this is real, these are vulnerable children’s lives and I know I need to do something.

I have to do something.

I have no excuses.

God is bigger.

End of Story.

I look at these statistics:

* Every two minutes a child is exploited in the sex industry

* 200,000 American children have been sold

* One in three runaways is approached by a trafficker within the first 48 hours of being on the street

* 1.2 million children are enslaved worldwide in the commercial sex industry

* Sex trafficking is estimated to be a $32-billion dollar industry; it’s the second largest illegal crime

* 1,000,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year (80% are women and children; 50% are minors)

(Statistics from CNN Freedom Projects and Abolition International)

Then I read what the Bible has to say:

This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, “Here I am.” –Isaiah 58:6-9 MSG

Here’s how I changed my perspective:

I figured I do have something in my hand … 

I have an etsy store called Urbanwalls where I sell wall decals.

Two-day Sale with ALL proceeds for Abolition International:

For two days next week–on November 29th and 30th–Urbanwalls will be donating 100% of the profits towards abolishing child trafficking. All of the proceeds will go to Abolition Internationala non-profit organization committed to abolishing child trafficking. I would so appreciate your support in helping me make a difference in these kids’ lives.

Urbanwalls: To view all the wall decals, go here: www.etsy.com/shop/urbanwalls

I also realize not everyone may want or need a decal, so I would also be grateful if you could help me spread the word.

Please retweet to your followers on Twitter and share this with your friends on Facebook (Please copy from below).

Twitter: Purchase an Urbanwalls decal from @hardydanielle Nov 29+30. All profits go to @abolitionintl to stop child trafficking! https://etsy.me/exe0Hc

Facebook: Purchase an Urbanwalls decal on November 29 & 30 and 100% of proceeds are going to Abolition International to abolish child trafficking! etsy.com/shop/urbanwalls

I’m so very THANKFUL for this opportunity. So very THANKFUL that I DO have a voice and I CAN use it. So very thankful that God is on my side and so very thankful for amazing men and women who will come alongside to make CHANGE happen. Thank you!

About Danielle:

Danielle Hardy lives in Surrey, BC (we’ll refer to it as Cloverdale). She is a wife to Paul and mommy to two of the cutest “Hardy Boys” around. She is owner and creator of Urbanwalls, Etsy seller, Graphic Designer, aspiring blogger and thrives in awkward moments. She blogs a uwdecals.com and tweets at @hardydanielle

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If you only know one thing about me, I'd love for you to know this: I love Jesus, justice and living juicy. I also happen to drive a minivan and drink my lattes plain. (My life is exciting enough!) Nineteen years ago, I moved from Taiwan to Canada to marry Scott. We have two teenagers, a preteen, a Bernese Mountain dog and a restaurant. (Ask Scott to tell you our love story.) In 2010, I founded SheLovesmagazine.com and it has now grown to include a Dangerous Women membership community, a Red Couch Bookclub, events and gatherings. I'd like to think of it as curating transformational spaces for women in community. I long for women to be strong in our faith and voice, so we can be advocates for God’s heart for justice here on earth. As an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid, my story humbly compels me to step out for justice and everyday peacemaking. I have also seen firsthand the impact injustice has had on the lives and stories of women around the world. I refuse to stay silent. I am anti-racist and also a recovering racist. I am a Seven on the Enneagram, an INFP and I mostly wear black, with a dash of animal print or faux fur.
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