United Methodist Women of Gretna UMC raise funds, awareness of human trafficking

February 08, 2016

In solidarity with United Methodist Women throughout the denomination, the UMW of Gretna United Methodist Church recently “opened their umbrellas” and helped to raise $250 for donation toward the prevention of human trafficking.

Concerned about the increase in human trafficking during big events such as the Super Bowl, United Methodist Women everywhere opened umbrellas as a sign of defense for those who are victimized during these events. The “umbrella defense,” a football defensive play created in 1950 by New York Giants coach Steve Owen, enabled the Giants to be victorious over then-formidable Cleveland Browns. Expressing the belief that United Methodist Women can help survivors of human trafficking live as whole persons, members were invited on the UMW website to form a virtual line of defense around Levi's® Stadium (or wherever they were located) to show support and bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking.