Student-led fundraiser opposes slavery


Jordan Ruppert

IJM will be holding a pop-up thrift shop on Feb. 22. Donations will be collected until Feb. 13.

In order to raise money to end global slavery, the International Justice Mission (IJM) club is running a pop-up thrift shop. Donations will be collected until Feb. 13, and the thrift store event will be held in the commons on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Students can donate clothing in the boxes located in the commons before the sale event will take place.

“There are three ways that people can help out,” senior Arianne Ohmann said, “One, donate. We’d love to get as many donations as possible. Two, spread the word. Three, volunteer to help run the thrift store.”

This will be IJM’s first pop up shop.

“Throughout the history of the club, we’ve had numerous bake sales in an effort to raise funds to help support the club’s mission of ending slavery in its various forms,” IJM sponsor Courtney Todd said. “However, this is the first time this thrift sale will take place.”

IJM has received support from multiple organizations to make their fundraiser possible. 

“All of the initial planning was done by Lovejoy IJM,” Ohmann said. “Other than that, we’ve received support from the Majestics, the School Store, the LHS administration, Laurie Vondersaar the Executive Director of Communications, and Mrs. Milstead.”

Currently, there is no specific goal set for how much they are hoping to raise. 

“This will depend a lot on how many donations we receive,” Ohmann said, “At the end of the day, any amount that we raise is going to make a difference helping brave survivors of violence and trafficking to rebuild new lives of security, dignity, and hope.”