Children's Advocacy Center fundraiser underway

Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:35 - Written by Staff Reports

The 13th annual Turkey Card fundraising appeal is in the mail for donors and friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.

Greenberg Turkey Inc. continues their support this year and their logo is displayed on the envelope. This priceless partnership has enabled the center to avoid financial costs in creating and mailing these unique cards.

The year-end drive features original turkey drawings by child victims of sexual and physical abuse, many using their handprint tracings. Each drawing is entered into a contest and the winning image is selected by the Center’s staff and team.

The winning artwork is then reproduced on the outside envelopes and on the cards inside with the reminder that, “When you’re counting your blessings this Thanksgiving, remember that many children in Smith County may not have many blessings to count.”

“We help abused children,” said Jay Misenheimer, Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center. “We listen to them and we help them heal through trauma focused therapy. Without the center, these children do not stand a chance at becoming productive citizens in our community. To state it simply, these kids need us desperately and we need help from the community to continue our services.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to serving these children throughout their entire ordeal. The organization provides a child-friendly environment for the children and allows them to tell their story once during a forensic interview. That interview is then given to partner agencies so investigations, prosecutions and the healing of the child may begin.

Once the perpetrator is removed, the child and family find support and resources in one central location. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides therapy, Kids in Court training and assistance to families in need.

Since 1996 the CAC has collaborated on 6,284 cases of alleged child abuse and provided services for 8,728 children in Smith County.

If child abuse is suspected, please call the Child Protective Service hotline at 1-800-252-5400, local law enforcement, or the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County at 903-533-1880.