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Operation Underground Railroad [+ Video]

We learned from Operation Underground Railroad there’s an estimated 2 million children currently being sold into child sex trafficking. We’re giving $20,000 and Need Your Help.

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We know that this isn’t the norm for Oh, Sweet Basil. It’s not a recipe. And yet it’s more important than anything we’ve ever posted and we desperately need your help. We are going to introduce you to an organization that we’ve teamed up with, and the story behind our partnership and why we are matching donations to save children all around the world.

You see, at some point we realized that if this season was truly going to be about giving, maybe that should be focused first on those who cannot rescue themselves. Children who are too young to fight and have no one in their corner to do it for them.

Our Story

We encourage you to take just a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about what we are doing and why we are doing it. Then, scroll through the post to learn more. You can also use this link for Donating to Operation Underground Railroad so that we can keep track of donations and match whatever is earned.

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Years ago Cade and I started to hear about an organization that was rescuing children from slavery. I know this sounds awful, but we didn’t really look into it much. We were a bit busy/consumed with our own lives. I was currently pregnant with our third baby and we, the baby and I were just trying to survive.

I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum which you can read more about on our post, Hyperemesis Gravidarum, it’s NOT Morning Sickness. Every day you’re faced with the reality that your body is fighting against you and this little, tiny baby surviving. It’s literally destructive to what you’re trying to do. But there’s this enormous team around you, helping and caring for you and this unborn baby.

Once the baby comes it’s the same thing. Have you ever felt such a connection in life? Those little tiny fingers and toes and you look into those eyes and know instantly that you will cross rivers and mountains, bleed and suffer, sacrifice anything just to care for this little one.

But what about those who don’t ever have someone tell them they love them, or protect them?

As our little guy was getting older we kept having more and more interactions with people involved with O.U.R. (Operation Underground Railroad) Now was the time; we began asking questions and learning everything we could about the organization that would soon become our focus for the blog.


Last year, we knew that this was something we were meant to be involved with. We literally felt a burning within us. We had to stand. We just didn’t know what to do. Have you ever been there? It stirs something in you, but then what? In a rare twist of fate, Cade and I ended up in a car with Tim Ballard, the founder of O.U.R. and life changed forever.

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Donating $20,000 to Operation Underground Railroad

We talked for hours and hours and we discussed, planned, plotted and even prayed about how to get involved. Last January we made the decision. We knelt down and prayed that if we truly were supposed to help that we would need certain things to align and we’d felt a specific number, $20,000 was to be our donation. We continued praying that things would work out and almost immediately the miracles followed.

We’ve stayed true to our promise and this holiday season our family is prepared to match donations up to $20,000 allowing us to possibly, if we all work together, donate $40, 000 to rescue children all around the world and in our own country. It is finally happening.

Operation Underground Railroad

O.U.R. was founded by Tim Ballard, a former government agent who knew he could do something incredible, rescue children not just from slavery, but from the darkest corners of the world, child sex slavery.

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He and other ex-agents, ex-law enforcement and other trained operatives discover when children are being sold, pretend to be the perpetrators and buy those children and then, in partnership with local law enforcement, arrest and capture these evil human beings.

You can read more about their organization here, but we will be sharing more information on how it all works, how funds are used etc as the season continues on.

It doesn’t stop there, arresting is a small part of the battle. These children need to be placed back into the homes they were taken from if possible, or rehabilitated in aftercare centers. O.U.R. isn’t just about the rescue, it’s about helping these kids now have a future as well.



For the First Time in the History of Mankind

In the first time in the history of mankind we are raising a voice that slavery has never been abolished. Many have fought in times past to make changes in the world, and we praise their names forever for that work. But has it ended? No. It’s still rages through our communities and world, and it happens to be bigger than ever before.

For years Tim and his jump teams have been conducting operations throughout the world. They’ve needed our help to educate the world so that together we can save these children. But now things are changing.

This is the first time in the history of the organization that the list of countries, states, communities, and towns waiting for O.U.R. to come and help them is growing faster than ever before, which means they need even more funding now.



We need you.

When telling Tim that we wanted to raise funds he was first so humble and grateful. And then he said this:

“Make sure that they know that we will fight until the end.

Make sure that they know that just talking about it is fighting back. The more it’s talked about the more we get reports of suspicious behavior, the more states  and countries step up and the more the war is fought.

And most of all, make sure that they know that every dollar counts. There is no amount too big or too small. $1 in another country can go a long way in those aftercare centers. $1 multiplied by many people can completely fund a jump team to go in and rescue children who are living the most terrifying nightmare.”


We need you.

We need adults who stand up and demand that change happen.

We need people everywhere to remember that every single child has the right to feel safe, especially from the one thing that should never be taken from them, their innocence.

Donate HERE

Use the link, donate if you can, share the blog post or the videos on social media. Tag your friends, family and neighbors and friends, this holiday season, let’s do something that actually matters. Toys are so fun and we know and love that magic in the eyes of a child, but to many children, they will never know anything but horror.

Unless you step in.

You could literally have that embrace in heaven one day when they look you in the eyes and say, “You did what you could, and it was enough to rescue me from Hell.”

I can only imagine how incredibly worth every sacrifice that will be.



Fast Facts About Child Sex Slavery

  • 2 Million Children are Being Trafficked Worldwide– Can you imagine the demand if there is a need for that many children? Raped from ages before they can even talk, sometimes up to 20 times a day based on who they’ve been purchased from. Never to know the light, laughter and freedom of childhood.
  • 300,000 of those children are at risk of being exploited HERE IN AMERICA- Wait, you meant to tell me it’s not just in far off distant lands? It’s right here.
  • Offenders are everyone. It’s not just the sleaze, it’s the doctor, the lawyer, your neighbor, your teacher, it’s anyone and everyone. Later we will be talking about the signs of trafficking and how you can be a rescuer just by knowing what to look for.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Thank you for all you are doing. My first pregnancy was twin girls, who decided to come 7 weeks early. This was 37 years ago, and now they are mothers with children of their own. It was a difficult time, with them in the NICU unit across town from the hospital that I was in. It was before hospital had helicopters to pick up patients, and I was taken to Rochester Mayo in a small plane. The doctor was sitting on a box, and the nurse sitting on the floor of the plane, if I remember correctly. Thankfully my parents lived close by, and could take me back and forth to visit each day, as they were in the hospital for 21 days, I am glad to hear that you are all happy and healthy, with the difficult time you had bringing your little ones into this world. May God bless you and this campaign to save children.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, Grace! Keeping children safe and healthy are worth any and all sacrifices! So grateful you and your sweet daughters are ok! What a miracle!

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  • This video brought me to tears. I actually saw it on FB, but I didn’t want to post this comment in the FB feed. I didn’t have the condition that you have, but my son was born 7 weeks early (after a two week stay for me in the hospital because my water broke at 31 weeks – and then he had an almost two week stay in the NICU) and my daughter was born 5 weeks early. They are 13 and 11 now. Both swimmers, with no lingering effects of being premature.
    Also unfortunately, our daughter is a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of her own grandfather (my father in law). He is currently awaiting trial.
    So the connections here are pretty profound for me. There’s so much more I could say, but I’ll just leave it at that.
    I will be sharing this video on my FB page. And I will donate to this organization.
    Thank you for sharing your story. And for your support of Operation Underground Railroad.

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    • Thank you for sharing your experience with us Jill! There is nothing more heartbreaking than children who suffer. It doesn’t matter if they are 1 day old or full grown with kids of their own (or so my mom tells me!). We need to just love and rescue them in any way that we can! Thank you again for your support and reaching out to us! Xoxo!

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  • What a wonderful thing you and your husband are doing. Carrian, I met you a few years ago on an Idaho Potato Harvest tour with the IPC. Wish I’d gotten to know you better during that trip. Made a donation, which I wish could be more. I’ll be spreading the word about the work you are doing. xo Valentina

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    • Valentina!! Thank you so much! The next time we are in the same place at the same time, let’s grab lunch together! Your support means everything to us! Xoxo! And every single penny donated make a bigger difference than you could ever imagine on the other end!

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  • We should all message Ellen to see if she’d feature Tim on her show!

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    • Oh my goodness! Yessssss! I love that idea!

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  • Thank you for raising awareness! I work for an Order of Catholic Sisters. Sex Trafficking is a major issue against which they devote time, talent and financial support. People do not realize that this is happening right in their own back yard. Blessings on your endeavor.

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    • That is the scariest part about it! It literally is happening in our own backyards, and people just aren’t aware. It starts with awareness which is why we are doing this! Thank you for your commitment and support to fight this horrible injustice! These kids need any and all the support we can give! Xoxo!

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  • Sex trafficking is such a sad, awful thing that many do not even understand exists in the world let alone how prevalent it is even in the US. I have not heard of this organization before and am looking forward to reading and learning more about it. We are currently strong supporters of Shared Hope International which works to prevent sex trafficking and restore and bring justice to women and children who have been victimized through sex trafficking. SHI is part of a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery. Thank you for committing to this cause!

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    • It is SO awful and people are totally oblivious. We were totally oblivious to it ourselves before connecting with O.U.R. It is the darkest of the dark evil in the world that is for sure, but these organizations are so inspiring! Every little bit of support helps in ways that we can’t even imagine! Thank you for sharing your insight and keep up the fight! Xoxo!

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