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February 2014

Children's Advocacy Center Receives Blanket Donations

The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center received a generous donation from 8th grader Miss Macey Ward, daughter of Cheri Ward & Bill Ward, of Jamesport.  Under the guidance of FCCLA instructor Jayla Smith, soft blankets were made to be given to children that visit the Advocacy Center.  Some children present with very few belongings, an unexpected relocation, and love the opportunity to choose a blanket of their very own.  Macey had chosen child abuse as her project.  Pictured are Child Advocate DeAn Witt and Macy Ward, representing Jamesport Tri-county FCCLA.  Thank you, Macy and the FCCLA class for your thoughts generosity! 


Diamond Earring Winner!

Congratulations to Tracy Ross as the winner of the Angel Wings Diamond Earrings generously donated by Lauhoff Jewelry.  Lauhoff Jewelry has been in business since 1976 in Chillicothe and now has stores in both Chillicothe and Trenton, MO.  They have been stout supporters of the Advocacy Center efforts to raise money for counseling services for children that have been abused.  Pictured from left to right are Angie & Darren Lauhoff, winner Tracy Ross, Child Advocate DeAn Witt, and Child Advocacy Center Director Verna Kelsey.  There were some great baskets donated for the auction and as well as some great supporters.  Thanks to everyone who attended!

4th Annual Champagne & Diamond Dinner and Dance


The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center will be holding its 4th Annual Champagne & Diamond Dinner and Dance fundraising event. Lauhoff Jewelry has generously committed to donating another beautiful item of diamond jewelry for this event.  People often ask, “What can I do to help abused children?”  The best answer is “support, however you can what we do.”  All of our services to these children and the agencies involved in the investigation and protection of children are at no cost to them.  These children are the foundation of your communities.  Do whatever you can to strengthen the foundation where it’s needed most.  Those not behind the scenes have no idea what it means to them.

Based on our 2012 statistics, the majority of the children seen at the Advocacy Center are present for sexual abuse, are female, under the age of 10 with a male offender, over the age of 18.  The offender is most often a natural parent or other relative.  These cases are done in secret, without witness or physical evidence, making them extremely hard to investigate.  At the very least the Advocacy Center wants to see these children obtain resiliency and cope with these often traumatic events.  Your support allows the Advocacy Center to provide counseling and other services for these victims at no cost to the child and family.

Please help us continue these services for these children by attending (or donating) to our event, investing in your community.  Social hour is between 5:00-6:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:00 p.m., with dancing and a live auction of themed gift baskets to follow.  Tickets will be available for purchase at Lauhoff Jewelry in Trenton & Chillicothe, Chillicothe Country Club or The Children's Advocacy Center at 906 Main Street in Trenton, MO. For more information or to donate a themed basket to be auctioned off, call 660-359-2874 for Stacy.