Written by Kimberly Ford, Second Life Chattanooga Volunteer

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“And so I have come to understand that strength, inner strength, comes from receiving love as much as it comes from giving it.” –Donald Miller

As Valentines Day, the “love” day, draws closer, people begin to reflect more on the presence of love in their lives. Most of the love comes from significant others, while some comes from family and friends. For human trafficking victims, love can be hard to find. Friends are almost nonexistent and love may sometimes be a feeling that is nothing more than a distant memory, if even a memory at all.

During this month of love it is also Second Life’s birthday, completing our 8th year of anti-trafficking work. Our survivor services are expanding, as we move towards opening our area’s first long-term, residentially-based recovery center for victims of trafficking. All of this work requires the financial resources to make this happen.

We’re asking you to help us “Celebrate 8” by making a financial gift of love to Second Life that has an 8 in the amount, whether it’s $8, $28, or $88.

Love does not have to be confined to personal friendships and relationships. If we have love to give, why not give it?  If we have the opportunity to strengthen a heart that has been broken, why not seize it?

If you would like to give the gift of love you can go to Secondlifechattanooga.org/donate/.