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First Coast Connect: Shop #RethreadedChallenge To Help Human Trafficking Survivors

cat toys, dog toys

The Jacksonville non-profit Rethreaded is issuing a challenge for shoppers: Support survivors of human trafficking with your purchases this holiday season.

Rethreaded sells items handmade by survivors, a dozen of whom are employed by the Jacksonville charity. On “First Coast Connect” Tuesday, Rethreaded founder and President Kristin Keen said giving them jobs and support helps victims reclaim their lives.

“The Rethreaded challenge is—we want people to buy 10 survivor-made gifts as part of their holiday buying this year and then post that on Facebook and challenge your other friends to take the Rethreaded Challenge,” she said.  She urges people to use #RethreadedChallenge with their posts.

Keen says, in addition to Rethreaded’s iconic scarves, they’re selling gifts for all kinds of recipients, including cats and dogs. Ten shopping guides are available on the Rethreaded website to give ideas:

  • Hostess & Neighbor Gift Guide
  • Teacher Gift Guide
  • Mom & Wife Gift Guide
  • Daughter Gift Guide
  • Pet Gift Guide
  • The Men in Your Life Gift Guide
  • Coworker Gift Guide
  • Best Friend & Sister Gift Guide
  • Grandma Gift Guide
  • Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

On Cyber Monday, shoppers will get 20 percent off their purchase at with promo code CYBER16.
Hear the entire interview with Kristin Keen on "First Coast Connect" here

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.