A former Abilene Christian University student is raising money to travel to Nepal as part of a mission trip to help protect women from sex trafficking.
Abby Youngblood hosted a yard sale early Saturday morning and has already collected $5,500 of the needed $7,000.
"There are hundreds of Nepalese young women that are trafficked from the rural Nepali villages and brought down through the India Nepal quarter and trafficked into the Indian brothels," Youngblood said.
Youngblood said going on this mission trip is her way of giving back. It is also part of a bigger long-term goal she hopes to fulfill.
"I've been passionate about this for many years, working with women that are sexually exploited," Youngblood said. "I am extremely excited to go over and be a part of this for several months. That is a dream come true for me."
Most of the items in the yard sale were donated by friends in the community all the way up until the morning of the sale. Youngblood's friends were happy to pitch in and help her meet her goal.
"Abby really lives a very counter-cultural life and by that I mean that she doesn't go with the flow," Clystiah Evans said. "She's not really concerned about how other people are going to see her or anything like that and that's just been a really huge inspiration to me."
"I'm honored and humbled that they would spend the time to help me prepare, that they would donate their items even though they could donate them to something else or have their own garage sale," Youngblood said. "I've had so many people just donate money outright and that has been an incredible blessing to invest in this."
Youngblood leaves for Nepal on Aug. 28.
Youngblood will host another yard sale Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at 1925 Cedar Crest Drive in Abilene.