The Gingerbread House has joined with the North Texas Children’s Advocacy Centers in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Kaufman, Navarro and Tarrant counties to raise awareness of child abuse during the month of April. April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. During this month The Gingerbread House encourages individuals and organizations to stand up for children in their community through awareness and education. We all can play a part in promoting children’s social and emotional wellbeing and preventing child maltreatment within our community. We believe there’s No Excuse for Child Abuse and that everyone can Stand Up for Children.
“We wish there was not a need for our center in Ellis County; but sadly we all know that child abuse is not going to disappear over night. We encourage the people of Ellis County to look, listen and to become aware that we are all here to protect these children. The Gingerbread House can continue to make a difference in our county but we will continue to need your help,” says John Wyckoff, Executive Director of The Gingerbread House.
In 2012, ECCAC served more than 850 children and non-offending family members, conducted 278 forensic interviews, and provided more than 600 therapy sessions.
“Ellis County is fortunate to have a facility such as The Gingerbread House,” says state Rep. Jim Pitts. “The work they do in our area is invaluable in assisting abused children. I hope everyone will avail themselves of the opportunities offered during April to become more cognizant of the importance of what the Children’s Advocacy Centers do across Ellis County and all of Texas.”
Throughout April, there will be events and opportunities for members of our community to take part in as well as simple actions that can make a huge difference in raising awareness of our cause. Individuals can send out a story via email, post something to a Facebook page, or Tweet a compelling statistic. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do; just consider taking some simple action during the month. Below are events for Ellis County.
•Throughout April, a display of blue pinwheels in front of our building (located at the corner of Ross and Farley streets in Waxahachie) will represent the 278 children who were interviewed at our center during Fiscal Year 2012. As well, the inside of our building will be illuminated in blue.
•Our annual Open House is on Friday, April 19, from 3pm-7pm; there will be hot dogs and refreshments for all, children’s games and giveaways, and face painting and door prizes.
•Construction of a play therapy room for our counseling program for the child abuse victims and their non-offending family members is underway; production also has begun for a new DVD presentation about our center and what we provide to the community.
•Other events in April include the first Charity Bull Shoot Dart Tournament benefitting our center, slated for Saturday, April 13, at the Waxahachie VFW Lodge. Contact Erik Lusk at email@example.com or Nanette Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Also the Blue Knights’ Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club XXI’s third annual Golf Scramble benefitting our center is scheduled for Monday, April 29, at the Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris. Contact Bob Adams at email@example.com or Ken Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about how you can join in the efforts around Child Abuse Awareness Month, visit www.elliscountycac.org or visit the website that lists the participating Children’s Advocacy Centers across North Texas located at www.noexcuse4childabuse.org.