Cam­paign raises aware­ness for The Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter

Cherokee County Herald - - NEWS -

The Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter is in the process of pre­par­ing for their 13th an­nual Ca­sual Fri­day for Kids Cam­paign this year. Lori Har­ris, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor said that she and the CAC board are so grate­ful to each in­di­vid­ual and busi­ness that pur­chased t-shirts and will wear them each Fri­day through­out the month of April. “We could not con­tinue to ex­ist and pro­vide ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies here in Chero­kee County with­out strong com­mu­nity sup­port. We can never say thank you enough for the generosity of the peo­ple in this great county and help­ing us con­tinue to pro­vide free ser­vices to child abuse vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.”

The Ca­sual Fri­day for Kids cam­paign not only helps the CAC raise funds for their ser­vices, but is per­haps the great­est public aware­ness tool that the CAC does each year. It is their hope that each Fri­day dur­ing the month of April, the county will be painted blue. We hope it will be next to im­pos­si­ble to con­duct busi­ness in the county with­out see­ing con­cerned cit­i­zens wear­ing their CAC T-shirt. “We are also thank­ful to the area busi­nesses that al­low their em­ploy­ees to pur­chase shirts and wear them on a dif­fer­ent day of the week if their busi­ness is closed on Fri­day and to the busi­nesses that have a dress or safety code that pre­vents them from wear­ing the shirts dur­ing work­ing hours, but al­low their em­ploy­ees to pur­chase. As a non-profit, we value ev­ery dol­lar we make from this cam­paign as well as the public aware­ness that it brings to our agency.”

The t-shirt proudly dis­plays the blue rib­bon, a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized sym­bol for child abuse aware­ness. The color blue is used be­cause of the Vir­ginia grand­mother that tied the blue rib­bon to her van an­tenna. She said that she never in­tended to for­get the bruised, battered bod­ies of her grand­chil­dren that she lost at the hands of their abu­sive fa­ther. This year’s t-shirt has a slo­gan on the back of the shirt high­light­ing this year’s theme “Un­less some­one like you cares a whole aw­ful lot, noth­ing is go­ing to get bet­ter: it’s not.” It truly takes a con­cerned com­mu­nity to help chil­dren and their fam­i­lies over­come the trauma of child abuse. It is our hope that our com­mu­nity will con­tinue to be he­roes in rec­og­niz­ing the warn­ing signs of abuse and reporting any sus­pected or con­firmed child abuse.

A very spe­cial thank you to the fol­low­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses: Alaco, Angie’s Burger Shack, Arc­tic Snow, Bar-B-Que and More, But­tram, Hawkins and Hop­per, Cedar Bluff School, Cedar Bluff Pig­gly Wig­gly, Cedar Bluff Town Hall, CED Mental Health, Cen­tre El­e­men­tary School, Cen­tre Fuel City, Cen­tre Mid­dle School, Chero­kee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Chero­kee County Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Chero­kee County Cir­cuit Clerk, Chero­kee County Com­mis­sion, Chero­kee County DHR, Chero­kee County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Chero­kee County EMA, Chero­kee County EMS, Chero­kee County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice, Chero­kee County Health & Re­hab Cen­ter, Chero­kee County Pro­bate Judge’s Of­fice, Chero­kee County Rev­enue Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice, Chero­kee County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, Chero­kee Health Clinic, Chero­kee Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Agency, Dixie Green, Dr. Lau, Dr. McClen­don, First Bap­tist Church of Cen­tre, First South­ern State Bank of Cen­tre, First South­ern State Bank of Lees­burg, Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Fort McClel­lan Credit Union, Gaylesville School, Goody’s, Grid Iron, Grub Mart, H&R Block, Har­ris Auc­tion, Lanny’s Diner & Cater­ing, Lees­burg Town Hall, Medicine Shoppe, Moun­tain Park­way Grill, Nationwide In­surance, OK Tire, Pat’s Per­fec­tions, Perry Med­i­cal Clinic, Pruitt and Eber­hart, Re­gions Bank, Sand Rock School, Shep­herd’s Fold, Spring Gar­den School, The South­ern Bank Com­pany, and Union State Bank of Cedar Bluff.

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter please visit our web­site at www. chero­keecoun­ty­cac.org or our Face­book page: The Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter of Chero­kee County. You can also call us at 256927-2111 for more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase a tshirt.

FRI­DAY FOR KIDS. The Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter is in the process of pre­par­ing for their 13th An­nual Ca­sual Fri­day for Kids Cam­paign this year. Lori Har­ris, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor said that she and the CAC board are so grate­ful to each in­di­vid­ual and...

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