It's always exciting when we can actually SHOW you what your Precious Gem Candle purchases are doing around the country, and we're grateful to be able to send your contributions to this cause. (Read On To Learn More).
One of the promises that we made as a company since our founding was to donate a portion of our profits to financially support the awareness of and rescue of children trapped in human trafficking situations in this country and abroad. We consider these children “precious gems”, and we are dedicated to seeing them freed from their unfathomable situations. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that this is an issue that is often closer to home than you’d like to think, which is why we have chosen to donate to an organization called Free the Black Hills of Human Trafficking.
Although currently located in Texas, Precious Gem Candles got its start in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a town called Spearfish, and our warehouse was located there for 7 years until we moved in April. Spearfish is only 17 miles from Sturgis, SD, and we are well acquainted with the very real problem of the human trafficking of adults and minors that takes place in this area every year during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The organization, Free the Black Hills of Human Trafficking, has put up two large billboards in the area to educate about the issue, as well as provide the phone number to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The organization’s goal is to not only raise awareness, but to be a part of the solution to the problem of human trafficking in Western South Dakota, especially during the week of the Motorcycle Rally.
If you have ever purchased any of our products from candles to gemstone settings, we want to extend our deepest thanks to you. It is because of your purchases that we are able to donate to this cause that is so close to our hearts. If you ever wonder where your money is going when you purchase something, we want you to know that when you purchase a Precious Gem Candle, your money is going to do an incredible amount of good. If the attention these billboards draw saves 1 life or saves 100 lives, we want you to know that you had a part in changing someone’s life for the better.
Today marks the official start of the 74th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. If you haven’t heard of this event, it’s a yearly gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, SD, and it’s one of the largest that takes place in the world. In 2013, an estimated 467,338 people attended the Rally. To put that into perspective, that would be nearly the entire population of a city like Atlanta or Sacramento all gathered together at the same time in a city that usually has a population of under 7,000. Our hope and prayer is that these billboards will reach some of these hundreds of thousands of people to have a positive impact on the issue of human trafficking during the Rally, and that people who are caught in this web of exploitation and abuse will be freed and protected.