A downtown Raleigh business owner is hoping to make a difference in the lives of girls rescued from sex trafficking.
Emily Sexton, owner and founder of The Flourish Market at 713 Tucker St., launched what she calls the “Together We Build” campaign in hopes of raising $20,000 by Christmas Day to build a home in Peru for the girls.
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The boutique started out as a fashion truck in 2015, Sexton said, and has since grown, with a mission of giving back. Sexton left her corporate career at Investment Bank “to help win people over to the idea of using their purchasing power for good.”
“All of the products in our shop provide dignified jobs to vulnerable people, and we wanted our customers/the local community to be a part of something extra special and impactful this holiday season,” Sexton said.
The boutique is full of items created by artisans around the world, including women rescued from sex trafficking.
The boutique is already halfway to its goal but needs help to raise all of the funds to build the house.
There are many ways to donate to the cause, including:
▪ Legacy Stone: $30 donation
In the shop, you’ll find a bowl of small stones, on which you can write your name and a special message for the girls and the house mom.
“These stones will serve as a reminder they are cherished and loved,” Sexton said. “We invite you to gift a stone headed to Peru to loved ones this Christmas, noting their name and a life mantra they have taught you on a stone as well (a great gift for the person that ‘has it all’).
“We’ll be personally delivering these stones and placing them around the foundation of the house once construction is completed, and they will stay on the property in Kairos Village for many years to come.”
Not local? You can donate online and mail your stone to:
The Flourish Market, 713 Tucker St., Raleigh, NC 27603.
▪ “Shop with meaning” party
Customers can book “shop with meaning” parties and invite friends to shop the boutique. Flourish Market will donate 10 percent of all sales from the parties.
Two-hour party start times are: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., or 5 p.m. (some 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. options may be available). Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m.
▪ Christmas concierge appointment
Get some one-on-one help selecting gifts and have 10 percent of your purchase donated.
Email email@example.com to reserve your time slot.
▪ Dinner and wine with $100 donation
Be a guest at the Sexton home for a $100 donation per person, with dinner and wine for six guests.
Forward your donation receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your date. The dinners will be scheduled in January and February, and will take place at the Sexton home in downtown Raleigh.
▪ Small business boot camp
Get a one-on-one 90-minute session with Sexton to learn social media marketing, email marketing, how to reach customers and clients, marketing, time management, and giving back through business.
The $150 donation sessions will be held in January and February. Forward your donation receipt to email@example.com to reserve your time slot.
▪ Developer donations
Become an honorary developer of the Peruvian home by donating:
Mattresses and beds: $500