Corey Tugwell and Co-founder of Restore One, Chris Smith met in high school and have remained friends since then. Tugwell was rewarded with the honor of seeing Chris and Anna’s dreams of Restore One become a reality. “From hearing their thoughts and ideas to seeing it all fall into place,” Tugwell said. “Their actions inspire me to dream more, to learn more and to do more for others.”
He supports Restore One because as high as 50% of commercially sexually exploited children in the U.S. are boys and a lot of people aren’t aware of this statistic. “Since Restore One is the only facility in the U.S. that helps boys that have been victims of sex trafficking we can change that statistic, by volunteering, by donating and helping to spread the word of Restore One,” Tugwell said. Tugwell knew that he wanted to help out and give back and much as he could. But when Hurricane Matthew hit Eastern North Carolina in 2016 and flooded the Anchor House he was devastated. But that devastation also turned into one of the best things to happen since he became involved with Restore One. “After the Anchor House was flooded, the community came together tremendously; churches came in to help, people donated money and companies donated appliances and supplies,” Tugwell said. “It was a beautiful thing to see.”
One thing he wishes people knew about Restore One is that a donation of just $25 a month could provide a “night out dinner” for two boys and it could provide birthday and/or Christmas presents for one boy. “Many of us know that special feeling of getting presents and attention on your birthday and seeing those presents under the tree on Christmas morning, I know those were some of the most magical moments of my childhood. For $25 you could make those moments magical for these boys,” Tugwell said.
He said if you are thinking about donating or volunteering that it’s worth it. “if you don’t have the money, the donate your time. From personal experience, I can tell you it is so rewarding, it’s the best feeling in the world knowing that you are helping make a difference in these boys lives,” Tugwell said. “It’s up to you to make a difference, take some time out of your busy life and do it.”
When Tugwell isn’t working or volunteering for Restore One he is spending time with his family and dog, Thriller. He also spends time cheering on his favorite sports teams, thrifting, watching Survivor and jamming out to Michael Jackson.
Thank you so much for being a volunteer/donor at Restore One. We look forward to opening The Anchor House in 2017, and we could not do this work without you. Thanks!