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Raising Awareness and Support for Child Victims

Beginning May 1, Uplift Intimate Apparel in Carmel City Center is donating $1 to Restored Inc. for every pair of Blush panties sold. The program is called “Panties On Purpose” or POP! Sex Trafficking is a LOCAL issue, not just something you hear about overseas. Each day girls and boys are abused, manipulated, and sold right here in Indiana.

“Human trafficking just wrecks me. We want to be part of the solution on an ongoing basis,” says Carla Mackie, owner of Uplift Intimate Apparel. Panties On Purpose was established as a way to accomplish that using one of the top selling items at Uplift. “This program allows me to help Restored, Inc., but it also gives the community a way to support through a normal life purchase. In addition to the ongoing donation,

Uplift is also continuing to collect Target and Walmart gift cards for Restored, Inc.,” says Mackie. “Our program in February was so successful, we still have people dropping off gift cards that we give to Restored. We’re just a natural drop site and are thrilled to do it,” says Mackie. Laura Mason, community outreach coordinator of Restored, Inc., says “So much of what we do is dependent on the efforts of our community partners like Uplift Intimate Apparel. When Carla came to us with the idea, we loved the name POP and the concept. It’s so helpful to have partners with passion like Carla.”

Uplift Intimate Apparel is celebrating their 1st Anniversary May 3. The day will include special gifts with purchase and prize drawings throughout the day. The store is committed to women, but also has a whole line just for men. Specialties include professional bra fittings and European lingerie including bras (day, evening, special, strapless, sports & nursing) in cup sizes from A-J, panties, bridal, couture nightwear & slips, sleepwear, shapewear, swimwear, accessories and laundry solutions. For men, Uplift carries SAXX underwear, workout wear and swim trunks. Uplift is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Uplift also accepts “gently loved bras” as a donation and then partners with area organizations supporting women in need. We take your “gently loved” donations, go to where the women are, and actually fit the women in need. It’s not just about giving a bra; it’s about giving a bra that fits!

Uplift is located at Carmel City Center, 711 Veterans Way, Carmel, IN 46032

Restored Inc. is a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit that provides recovery, relief & restoration to victims of domestic sex trafficking and sexual exploitation throughout the state of Indiana. They remove children from their victimization, providing basic human needs, and engage in a long-term care relationship through therapy, case management, and mentorship.

Restored staff consults on cases involving males, foreign born, or labor trafficking cases as well. The primary ages that Restored serves is between 11-24. The average age is 16. Restored staff has trained over 7,500 professionals to better understand domestic human trafficking. They provide prevention education specifically to youth throughout the state. Last year we reached over 1,000 youth through these efforts. Restored is active throughout the community to provide awareness and education as well to further efforts of justice for our children of Indiana.

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