Panhandle School Resource Officer Drew Brassfield will be traveling with a group from West Texas A&M University to the Dominican Republic (DR) in May. He will be working with at-risk youth and studying Human Trafficking at its core.
Humans are the second most exported “good” from the DR, right behind opium.
The children Officer Brassfield will be working with live in the agricultural areas where there are no schools.
With little or no education, it’s no surprise that these children are prime targets for human trafficking.
Officer Brassfield has challenged his class to raise school supply donations for the youth he will be working with in the DR in an effort to share this experience with the students of Panhandle High School.
The supplies that are requested are: pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, markers, chalk, glue, scissors, backpacks, paper, construction paper, coloring books (preferably in Spanish), pencil sharpeners, scotch tape, rulers, notebooks, staplers, staples, puppets, Spanish to Spanish dictionaries, silly putty or clay.
Supply donations may be taken to Panhandle High School, Jr. High and Elementary, Panhandle Thriftway or City Hall.
Money may be donated at Panhandle Thriftway, Panhandle Dairy Queen, Subway, Panhandle Drug Store, Family Care Clinic, Happy State Bank – Panhandle Branch or online at http://www.gofundme.com/p2aofw. All money raised will fund the transporting of the supplies to the Dominican Republic.
Officer Brassfield says, “I am not asking for money to pay for my trip or for money to buy me personal supplies. This money will go directly to supporting the work our group from WTAMU is doing with CSA in the DR.”
All supplies and monetary donations will be accepted from April 1 through April 30, 2015.
If you are unable to donate, please feel free to forward this information on to those who may be in a position to lend a helping hand.
Officer Brassfield added, “Thank you for all that you do for our criminal justice families, vulnerable populations, our children and the world at-large. You truly do make a difference!”