What a great SHOW UP event this was, as Showing Up is like magic you never know what you can learn or who you will meet. It's truly all about SHOWING UP, and I always say when one SHOWS UP magic happens. Yesterday a group of twenty of us were invited by Darlene Tarnoski the program director of the 501 C3 Women Against Child Trafficking www.womenagainstchildtrafficking.org to attend the Operation Safehouse Luncheon at the Mission Inn. http://www.operationsafehouse.org/ The magic that happened is that we got to hear heartfelt stories written by kidnapped survivors that have been found, and also met incredible people who everyday are out there spreading the word about what is happening and what people can do to help. What a great event and the speakers shared stories of victims of child trafficking who were rescued and then housed at Operation Safehouse and given therapy and other needed help after their tragic ordeals. Stories from these children were read from the podium and it showed us even more that kidnapping and child trafficking is on the rise right in our back yard and is a growing industry in dollars for the people who are kidnapping our youth. The statistics and stories are alarming but because of the Police, FBI and places like Operation Safehouse and Women Against Child Trafficking and other nonprofits who care about this problem more and more youth are being helped.. Operation Safehouse is doing so much to help these youth by providing them shelter and counseling and hope and they work totally from donations received at their shelter, which is a wonderful safehaven for these youth. Our Riverside Sheriffs and FBI are staying on top of things and groups like Women Against Child Trafficking, GFWC Menifee/Sun City Woman's Club and other non profit organizations in the county are starting to spread even a greater awareness about this growing problem. Operation Safehouse provides a safe haven where the FBI can take these children when they are found. Women Against Child Trafficking works on putting together Dignity Bags to provide things for these children when they are found. Recently Wildomar Rotary Club donated funds to purchase backpacks that become the dignity bags, and the Woman's Club is always donating items for the bag, food for the shelter both in Riverside and Palm Desert and in collecting funds for needed items. When teams unite magic happens as less than two years ago there was not much awareness in our area about this growing problem and once Darlene met the FBI agents and the people at Operation Safehouse who immediately had stepped forward to provide beds for the victims and together they all started telling people who started telling people and less than two years later more and more people know about this and many are willing to help and there is a task force that meets monthly in Riverside with FBI, Police, Sheriffs, Clergy and non profits who are working together to find solutions to this problem and provide needed help for these victims. One need Darlene Tarnoski still has a goal to do for her Women Against Child Trafficking and that is to either raise the funds or get a donation of a car or van to donate to the Operation Safehouse as they are in badly need of one to transport the children to court, doctors etc. so if you can help with that cause contact Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the www.womenagainstchildtrafficking.org website for statistics and more information, also on the site is a wish list of items needed. We of the GFWC Menifee/Sun City Woman's Club also a 501 c3 nonprofit have made this our Presidents charity of choice this year, as well as the local NAFE groups in Menifee and South Orange County have also done a lot to touch the lives of the youth in the shelters with their in-kind and monetary donations. Take time to check out the two websites so that you too will see what's happening in our back yards right here in Riverside County and help us share the word. The Guests of Darlene at the Mission inn event were: From The GFWC Menifee/Sun City Woman's Club *Robbie Motter, Club President Dorothy Wolon's Club 2nd VP *Carmelita Rood, 3rd VP Sheila Neal, Newletter editor Shelly Neal Co Newsletter editor *Nicole Farrell, member *Leslie Guglielmetti, Telephone committee chair Shirley Jay, member Marilyn Ploeckelmann, member & chair of the Clubs upcoming Harp Concert Representing NAFE we had: June Davidson, ASLA- American Seminar Leaders Association plus all the starred names above who are also NAFE members Others that were guests of Women Against Child Trafficking: Ingrid Anthony, Inland Valley Business Journal , editor Betty Gill, Ontario Hilton Marketing Director Kelly Robertson, Celebrity Lipstick & President of DSWA in Temecula Carole Schneider, Michelle's Place, Temecula Lacy Fourong, The Carolyn E. Wylie Center, for Children, Youth & Families Cecillia Bacerra, Bell Handbags & Accessories Brianna Pinkernell, Behavior Therapist Sheri Joyce Danyel Shipley Susan Santilena In addition to Darlene's guests there were over 240 people at the event, which was well done by Operation Safehouse and their team of dedicated workers.