Freedom Store to support human rights efforts

Melissa Gordon displays some of the items available at Freedom Store, now open at the Café of Hope.
Melissa Gordon displays some of the items available at Freedom Store, now open at the Café of Hope. Photo provided.

Freedom Store, which will benefit organizations working to abolish slavery in all forms, is now open at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

Melissa Gordon has partnered with Sherry Searles, of North Manchester, to open the store. Gordon says it will offer a variety of products made by survivors of slavery.

The products are made by local artisans as well as artisans from Kentucky and areas of India and Africa. Products include fair trade coffee and chocolate, organic bath and body products, jewelry, scarves and purses.

Freedom Store is a not-for-profit venture, with all proceeds to be sent to organizations who rescue victims of sex trafficking, forced labor, childhood injustice and extreme poverty. Those people are taught a trade to make a better life for themselves and their families.

The store is open to the public. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 9 p.m.