Proceeds for Poverty raises thousands for Roanoke human trafficking program

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Organizers said this year's edition of an an event aimed at helping those living in poverty around the world was biggest yet.

The 5th annual Proceeds for Poverty was a three-day yard sale at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church. The sale raised $45,000 for those living in poverty around the world and right here in the Roanoke Valley.

Organizers said they will also give thousands to Straight Street's human trafficking program, which provides information to teens about its dangers.

"If we can prevent a teenager from falling prey to becoming a victim that's a huge success," explained Keith Farmer, Director of Straight Street. "If there is a child who becomes a victim we want to be there to help them and walk through that restoration process, but it's equally important to make sure we bring awareness to the issue."

Everything that was up for sale was sold. Organizers say they're already starting donation pick-up for next year's Proceeds for Poverty.

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