Loose Change to Loosen Chains
PurposeTo raise funds for the rescue and restoration of slaves and human trafficking victims.
History“Loose Change to Loosen Chains’ is a campaign led by school kids from kindergarten through high school to rescue victims of modern day slavery. The campaign was launched by a 7th grade student from Christian Fellowship School in Ashburn, Virginia who believes one person can make a difference. Inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, William Wilberforce, Mother Teresa, Gary Haugen and others who have fought for equality and justice, Zach Hunter wanted to do something about the problem of oppression and slavery today. . . .
At the end of February, in conjunction with students learning about the efforts of people like Dr. Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement, and Harriet Tubman during the abolitionist movement, Hunter launched ‘Loose Change to Loosen Chains’ in Northern Virginia with the hope that other schools and youth groups would get involved and participate in their communities. Students collected loose change from their family and friends from late February through the first of April. According to ‘Real Simple’ Magazine, there is $10.5 billion in loose change lying around in American households. This winter students at Christian Fellowship School in Ashburn, Virginia, where Hunter attends will also be learning about the life and work of Dr. King and other heroes in the human rights community. Hunter and representatives from IJM will be telling students about kids and their families who work as slaves and who are still struggling for equality and justice. All funds raised by the campaign will go toward IJM’s work to free slaves and other victims of oppression.” --IJM website