We’re a bit behind but we’d like to give a shout-out to the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation for their recent generous donation of $1,000 to assist local children reported abused in the following 12 counties: Caldwell, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan. This gift came our way as a result of a donation made by our local American Family Insurance Agency in Trenton via Cara McClellan. Thank you, Cara!
We would like to thank everyone that came out to have breakfast with us at Washington Street and feel we had a great turnout. We were able to raise $1,171 towards services for abused children and are grateful to all those that made it possible. If you would like to take a tour of our building and gain a better understanding of what we do, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want you to know how your dollars are spent.
Our Center has received several donations from local individuals that go a long way in assisting with service provision to children and families. Items received include several blankets, small quilts, and stuffed animals for children. These items are designed to be comfort items for the children after their initial visit. Other items donated that keep the Center in operation are very simple supplies used in everyday operations, such as copy paper, note pads, hand soap, disinfectant wipes, envelopes, puzzle books, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and paper towels. And our personal favorite since they are never included in our budget, post-it notes! Items such as these are always appreciated and go a long way in helping us to keep things going. Thanks to Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, Rhonda Johnson, the Mount Zion Children's Class, Healthy Me and You Team, Amber Shippen, and the Go & Learn Club for the most recent donation of items.
The gift of giving! The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center received a portion of these cuddly critters to comfort children that visit our Center. Thank you Livingston County Health Center, Chillicothe High School Leadership Class and the Chillicothe Hornets Boys Basketball Team!
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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!
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!
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.
For their yearly service project, LifeFlight Eagle flight crew and pilots donated blankets and stuffed animals to the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center. Children that come to the Advocacy Center for a forensic interview are permitted to choose a stuffed animal before leaving the Center that helps act as a stress reliever on their journey of next steps. For the older children and those that are unable to return home, a blanket can be such a welcome comfort. Pictured are Rob Evans, representing Trenton based Eagle One; his three young helpers; and Child Advocate, DeAn Witt. Thank you, LifeFlight Eagle for your generosity!
The Trenton Elk's Lodge #801 made a donation of gifts and toys to the North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center to share with families that visit the center for services. Thank you, Elk's members!
The Trenton Elk's Lodge #801 made a donation of 24 new Student Dictionaries to the Advocacy Center to be distributed to children receiving services at the center. The dictionaries may be chosen by a child as something they want or need, and can also be given as a gift to a child when deemed appropriate.