Archive | November, 2012

Leaders of Tomorrow

WOW! Recently, an amazing group of 12 UCO college students, as part of their “Leaders of Tomorrow” training and outreach told us their unusual story of wanting to help in NBI’s “Operation Christmas Shoebox”. After hearing about the innercity kids that may get very little or nothing for Christmas, they put their heads together and came up with a courageous way to raise funds for children’s toys and supplies. Their small but determined group broke into smaller groups and stood on strategic busy corners of Oklahoma City and Edmond and asked for donations. Slowly, throughout the day, as they worked in 3 hour shifts, the quarters and dollars came rolling in. People heard about the cause and gave what they had to help.

A few days later, the group leader called No Boundaries and arranged for a time to meet up with Amanda Davis, NBI’s Children and Youth Outreach Director, to go toy shopping at Dollar Tree. Little did we know just how much this determined group of 12 actually raised. It shocked us all! They raised over $2500 cash in their efforts!

So off they went to Dollar Tree, picking and choosing gifts for all ages, both boys and girls! In the end, over 20 bags of toys were given by the group, with hopes for more in the coming days!

No Boundaries is so thankful and appreciative of groups like “Leaders of Tomorrow”–without their efforts, Operation Christmas Shoebox wouldn’t bring joy to those little kids lives!

Have Fun Ice Skating While Helping with NBI’s Operation Christmas Shoebox!

Looking for a fun way for the whole family to contribute toys to the No Boundaries International “Operation Christmas Shoebox” this year?

We think we have a solution for you!

Just like last year, our friends at the Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink have made a way for little skaters and big skaters alike to have fun and contribute toys to NBI’s outreach to give toys to underprivileged children right here in the OKC inner city area.

From now to December 15, the Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink will give $1 off the admission cost when any toy, designated for NBI, is brought to the ice rink.

The Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink is located at the beautifully lit Festival Market Place at 30 W. First Street on the corner of NW First and Broadway in Edmond, Okla. Conveniently near downtown Edmond, the location offers abundant free parking adjacent to the rink, food concessions, a pavilion shelter for spectators, indoor restrooms and wireless internet.

Hours of Operation:

12:00 Noon – 10:00 PM Daily (Exception: On Christmas Eve the Ice Rink will close to the General Public at 5:00 PM and on New Year’s Eve the rink will remain open to the general public until 11:00 PM.)
Admission

$10.00 general admission includes skate rental
$9.00 with military ID
$9.00 with toy donation for No Boundaries International through Dec. 15
$7.00 with your own skates
$5.00 for 5 years and under

Rates include skate rental. Skates from child’s size 6 through adult size 14.

Check our friends out at:
www.facebook.com/edmondoutdooricerink

Please share with your friends!

What Happens to the Children?

by Tara Cameron

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” –Diogenes

These are the words engraved on the walls of a school that lies directly in the South Robinson community in Oklahoma City. But what has become of this community since its construction in 1928? Have these words, etched in beautiful, 3 story stone, with its castle like walls, become just another piece of history, faded and buried into the bricks with memories of what once was?

As a school day ends, teenagers leave this very building and make their way home as they walk the streets of S. Robinson. Teen girls get propositioned by “Johns” in their cars and young girls pass by prostituted women who walk the same streets. Drug paraphernalia, used condoms and sex plague the streets among these children and no one seems to notice… not even the children.

It’s normal to them. It’s home. Desensitized to the acts of violence, sirens, gunshots, and death, what kind of foundation stands under their feet? What kind of education leads to the deterioration of a community? Is it the same type of education that Diogenes was speaking of? Maybe not…look closer.

Among some of the children that share these streets with pimps and sexual predators, are children of the prostituted women who walk them. What happens to these children who grow up in a world where they know nothing other than what’s “normal” to them? How can a society shamelessly judge and hold accountable when they turn their heads to the education being instilled in their youth on these streets they call home?

Multiple pregnant prostituted women walk these streets today. Where did those women come from? What led them down those paths? Did they grow up, desensitized in the same way these children are today in the South Robinson community? Did they grow up in a world that was the only kind of normal they know? What kind of world will their babies grow up in when they’re born?

Will they grow up in foster care? Drug addicted babies taken from birth and placed into the system… taken from it’s mother because she can’t even help herself… babies who most people don’t want to adopt because they have severe physical or mental disabilities due to being born into addiction… What kind of life lays ahead for a crack baby that no one wants? Is it a lifetime of behavioral disorders, moving from one foster home to the next, never really knowing what a home is?

What about generational cycling? Children whose mother pimp them out at an early age and show them the only way of life they know, ending up full of addictions and selling their own bodies. Currently, a known mother and daughter team of prostituted women on S. Robinson are about to begin their 3rd generation of the cycle. What will happen to the baby of this daughter, whose mother raised her on these streets, neither of them knowing any other way of life? What will this young mom be able to teach her own child? What life experiences will she pass on to her own flesh and blood?

And what about children raised in sex trafficking rings who are left to be cared for by other prostituted women while their moms are trained, forced, and sold into slavery… What kind of life do children live surrounded in a ‘corral’ of enslaved women, among drugs and violence? What kind of future is ahead for the little girls that grow up being educated under the dictatorship of a pimp? What about the boys? What becomes of their view of women?

What about the prostituted women, the mothers, who die on those streets? Killed in cold blood like the disposable waste that society and their pimps see them as? What happens to her children that are left behind in tears without their mother, who saw nothing but everything good in her? Often they are abandoned to their grandparents or given up for adoption because their mother can’t take care of them. Some mothers fear they will lead their child into the same horrible life and hurt them, so they make the choice to give them away because they want their child to have a better chance at life than they ever had.

These are only a few thoughts to ponder on the life of a child of a prostituted woman. They are the children in the shadows, etched into the stone of memories, faded away into the background while society looks the other way and forgets about the stones they once built their foundations on… a society that is desensitized to the normalcy of everyday life for these children. How can you see what you don’t see? You only have to open your eyes.

Make a Difference for a Needy Child This Season!

Wouldn’t you like to make a difference in a child’s life this Christmas–a child who will receive very little this holiday season? NBI has launched “Operation Christmas Shoebox 2012″–our outreach to 1000 OKC innercity kids who otherwise would not see gifts due to serious family financial needs. Please help us make each child feel special and unique with their own gift as we give gifts to 1000 at risk children in innercity OKC.

HOW: donate NEW unwrapped presents appropriate for Pre-K to 6th grade (girl or boy)

WHERE: Return gifts to this box or to NBI’s office at 49 E. 15th, Edmond, OK 73013 (405) 513-5453

WHEN: by Dec. 5th

Gift suggestions: NEW toys, balls, books, coloring  books, school supplies, dolls, small craft items, stuffed animals, hygiene items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, snacks and candy.

NBI’s Fundraiser Dinner A Great Success!

It was a great evening at the No Boundaries International 2nd Annual Fundraiser Dinner. The event opened up with R&B band “Nita Fruit” softly playing in the background as guests from all over the metro area came into the OakTree Country Club dining room. Special appearances were made by District Attorney David Prater, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, members of federal law enforcement, officers from the Salvation Army and members of Rusti Bates’ family. Emcee KFOR’s anchor Ali Meyer hosted the evening as special speakers Dr. Lori Basey, No Boundaries International’s President, and Gigi Codman shared their personal experiences of dealing with the effects of human trafficking. The audience was then given a special viewing of the documentary trailer called “Hope” that gave first hand accounts from survivors of human trafficking as well as reading of the diary of Rusti Bates’, the 27 year old mother of 3 who was recently tragically killed near the South Robinson Avenue track. Throughout the evening, guests bid on various silent auction items and then concluded with a live auction that contained such enticing items such as Thunder vs. Lakers tickets, a signed Kevin Durant picture and a helicopter ride over the city lights of Oklahoma City. It was an amazing evening especially knowing that all the proceeds (which are still being counted) go directly toward NBI’s Project HOPE, in our fight against human trafficking.

Again, we say a big “THANKS” to all those who attended and who so generously gave of their time and their money!

NBI’s emcee Ali Meyer and Oklahoma’s District Attorney David Prater

 

Gigi Codman gives her moving story about how human trafficking has greatly impacted both her and her family forever.