Last week, we told you about a husband and wife from Des Moines who are helping to rescue women out of sex slavery in Ethiopia.
Megan and Josiah Carter went on mission trips when they were in college at Drake University. They saw first-hand the impoverished young girls who are sold on the street for sex each night.
When they came back to the U.S. the Carters had the idea to sell scarves made by the women and children and to give all the money back to an organization that rescues them.
After we aired the story Friday night, hundreds of Channel 13 viewers wanted to help too.
“So, then we had orders pretty much from 5:30 all the way until 11:30 that night of people buying scarves. It started again the next morning at 4:30 and really by seven or eight o’clock, we were almost out of scarves. So, by that time we started taking photos and putting new scarves up, and as soon as we could get them up, they were being sold,“ says Josiah.
Nearly 600 scarves, worth $11,000 were sold. That’s enough to rescue two women for an entire year. They will be housed in a special program that gives them food, shelter, counseling and job training — all thanks to the group known as Beza Threads.
The Carters and their fellow-volunteers say they weren’t sure they would be able to raise the money they wanted to this year.
“And for us, whenever that happens we just say hey let’s get it out of our hands and just pray that God would open doors for us. And so, God opened the door in the means of a Channel 13 Story,” says Josiah.
The bad news is that these scarves are such a hot item at $20 a piece that they basically sold out.
The good news is that a new shipment just came in. They will be for sale beginning Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the website bezathreads.org.
If you want to browse them in person, there will be a Beza Threads booth at Sunday’s craft fair downtown. It’s hosted by the Gateway Church and is located at Central Campus school. That’s from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
They will have 500 scarves on hand.