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Every year we host an annual BBQ where we invite all of our clients, past and present, along with their children to enjoy a day of food and fun that is in honor of them. We have anywhere between 100 and 150 people that join us with about 50 being children. This event is one that the women we serve look forward to every year. This year’s BBQ will be at Newell Park on July 28th.

To put on this event, we rely on donations to supply our needs. We could not produce this event without people like you who consider helping us.

Needs that we have are:

50 hamburgers, 150 hot dogs, chicken, sides (potato salad, coleslaw, fruit, chips, baked beans, pasta salad, baked mac & cheese), 150 hamburger buns, 150 hot dog buns, condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, onions). 5 cans of redi whip, cookies, brownies etc…
Gift Cards
low increment gift cards used as prizes for games, higher increment gift cards for door prizes for raffle
Door Prizes

nicer gift packages or gifts to give away for our raffle

this year our theme is a LUAU, so anything having to do with this is helpful (grass skirts, lei necklaces, themed table decorations, signs, beach balls)
Plates/Plastic ware

large and small plates, plastic ware, napkins
Misc Items
charcoal, aluminum tins for serving meat, plastic serving utensils, foil
tin pie plates for our pie toss, eggs for egg toss, kiddie pool and set up for Go Fishin game, ring toss game, face paint set-up,etc..

Donations can be mailed in, or arranged to be picked up or dropped off. Please reply to Aliyah Carter at 651-289-8165 or at acarter@breakingfree.net. Or send donations to Breaking Free Attn: Aliyah Carter PO Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104 by July 19th. We are also able to provide you/your organization with an in-kind donation form.

Thank you again for your consideration. Words cannot express how grateful we are!

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Vednita Carter, Founder of Breaking Free, shares a powerful message in this TED talk presented at TEDxMinneapolis in July 2015. Carter begins by telling her own story of survival as a high school graduate trafficked in a strip club in Minneapolis. She explains how she got out of the Life and went on to found Breaking Free in October 1996 as a place for women to find safety and refuge. "No woman, no girl, no one deserves to be bought and sold," she declares in her talk. "This is no one's destiny-no one's." 

Upcoming Events

July 28th, 2018 Annual BBQ

September 4th, 2018 Graduation

October 9th, 2018 Candlelight Vigil

December 8th, 2018 Annual Christmas Party

December 18th, 2018 Graduation

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Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder and President, as a non-profit organization serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking.Phone: 651-645-6557
Address: P.O. Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104