For the second year, an Ahavath Achim Synagogue committee dedicated to abolishing child sex trafficking teamed up with a Georgia nonprofit with a similar mission to assemble school backpacks.
Volunteers from Ahavath Achim, as well as Congregation Etz Chaim, The Temple and Temple Beth Tikvah, participated in the backpack assembly July 21 sponsored by Georgia Cares and AA’s Awareness and Action to Abolish Child Trafficking for Sex committee.
“Through the efforts of dozens of volunteers and financial supporters, 260 victims of sex trafficking who are helped by Georgia Cares returned to school with beautiful NBA backpacks filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items,” said Donna Newman, AAACTS Backpack Project coordinator.
According to its website, the mission of Georgia Cares is to ensure that child sex trafficking victims receive quality care and services, while trying to eliminate sex trafficking in the state.
Newman said that the “AAACTS committee is made up of members from Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. The money I solicited [for this backpack project] was raised from AA members, Temple Sinai, Mt. Vernon Baptist, Temple Emanu-El, and B’nai Torah. Members of AA, Or Hadash, The Temple and Etz Chaim donated a lot of the supplies.”