Every April, Rotarian John Hamilton initiates a drive for stuffed teddy bears/animals.
“April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and we gather teddy bears for a month. They are then delivered to the Children’s Advocacy Center,” Hamilton said.
April was National Child Abuse Awareness Month. The purpose is to educate everyone about child abuse and its effects.
“John Wyckoff, executive director of the Gingerbread House, visited the Rotary Club to remind us that the rate of reported abuse so far this year is above last year’s rate,” Hamilton said. “Last year 278 cases were reported.”
When a child is brought in to the center, he or she is given a teddy bear and made to feel as secure as possible under the circumstances while there. During a recent meeting, the Rotary Club presented Wyckoff with a pickup truck-load of stuffed animals for the children. Ordinarily, the club makes a direct donation but this year members were encouraged to bring in stuffed animals on their own.
“This involved them personally and some emotions were evident during the presentation,” said Hamilton, who encourages people to contact the Gingerbread House.
“Take a tour. It may chain your life,” he said.
For more information about the Gingerbread House, visit its website at www.elliscountygingerbreadhouse.org or www.elliscountycac.org. You may also call the office at 972-937-1870 or email Wyckoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie, where members believe in Service Above Self and doing things as a club they cannot do alone, visit the club website at www.waxahachierotary.org. You can find American flag subscription and bike ride forms on the club’s website.