Give Well: Impactful Giving

Give Well: Impactful giving – together we are stronger

Abuse can be lonely. Because the victim is afraid to tell. Because the abuser has shamed or scared them into silence. Because no one they tell believes the story.


The Holidays at Children’s Advocacy Center

The holiday season at Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is always one of our busiest times of the year, and also one of the most fun as well for both staff and clients!

The month of December kicked off with our Christmas Party hosted for the younger children and their families at I-Jump here in Tyler. The kids and their families had the opportunity to bounce across trampoline runways, challenge each other to a game of bouncing dodge ball, or race through the ninja course. Santa Claus also visited the party with a bag of presents for every child and their siblings. Our staff all look forward to the annual Client Christmas Party because it’s an event where they can converse with the parents, play with the kids and see the big smiles on the faces of every child.

The following weeks were focused on Holiday of Hope, our program that provides Christmas presents and necessities to families who would otherwise be unable to provide them this holiday season. Each family made a wish list and then they were sponsored by someone in the community who could either shop for them or provide a monetary gift for us to shop for that family. Our conference rooms turned into Santa’s Workshop with piles of toys and gifts, wrapping paper and bows ready to be picked up by our parents and caregivers. The joy and smiles on the faces of our clients as they came to pick up their items was indescribable.

All throughout December, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County was also blessed with generous businesses and groups in the community who wanted to serve us by conducting a drive and collecting items for the center! Some were toy drives while others were blankets and teddy bears or items for our Rainbow Room. This year we had over 15 drives which is the most we’ve ever had in one holiday season! Organizations including Andy Woods Elementary, the Brook Hill School, FedEx, and UT Tyler all organized and collected amazing items that go directly to our kids and their families. The generosity we have seen from the local community has been simply incredible and we could not be more grateful to have your support.

To close out the month, the CAC, along with other organizations, partnered with the Tyler Police Department to participate in an event called Blue Santa. Kids were paired with a police officer and given a set amount to spend at Walmart and then they were able to go shop with that officer. It was such a special time for these children to feel special and bond with an officer at a time in their life that is often unstable and difficult.

This time of year is considered by many to be the season of giving. Our ability to provide presents, necessities and experiences to our clients rests solely on people like YOU, who genuinely care about what we are doing at CAC and want to be a part of that mission. So thank you. Thank you for sharing the blessings in your life with those who are struggling this season and helping us show them that they are known and loved. Thank you.


Giving Tuesday 2018

Giving Tuesday

November 27th, 2018 is Giving Tuesday, “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration that kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving”. It is an incredibly impactful day that helps connect generous hearts to organizations in their community who need their support.

This year, Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County joined in with a social media campaign and by setting a goal to reach on Giving Tuesday.

Our campaign goal aimed to provide our clients with the opportunity to express their feeling through art. Often times, it can be difficult for children to express how they feel, in words, about the trauma that has taken place, so our therapists use creative techniques like painting or drawing to help with this. One way our therapists use this technique is utilizing blank masks and various art supplies like band-aids or feathers for the child to illustrate how they view themselves before they begin therapy and then again after they have graduated from the therapy program. The first mask is often dark, scary and sad but the final mask shows growth and healing through bright colors and whimsical patterns. It is powerful for a child to see their healing displayed right in front of them through the before-treatment mask and graduation mask.

Every child that walks through our doors is unique and we want to provide the proper care and opportunities that are best for that child in particular so that they can work through their trauma and heal.

Wow! We are blown away by all the support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County received during #GivingTuesday. We are grateful to everyone who shared and contributed to our campaign goal.
Through giving on our website and on Facebook, $1,525 was given for much needed art supplies for our therapy team! Your support of the CAC ensures that the most vulnerable in our community have a voice and we could not provide the services we do without YOU.
Every child that walks through our doors is unique and we want to be sure and provide what is best for each child. Our ability to accomplish this is only through the generosity of our partners in hope!
Your gifts, one-time, monthly, volunteer or in-kind, ensure child victims of abuse have the on-going resources they need to begin the healing process.
Thank you for your caring heart for kids in our community.

And you can still help today!

 

*Source: www.givingtuesday.org


Bling-O and Bids for Kids 2018-Thank you!

Party with a Purpose.

That was the heart behind this year’s Bling-O event and Bids for Kids online auction. Bling-O is such an exciting event with plenty of laughs, conversation and fun to be had. From rambunctious games of bingo for beautiful designer purses to the suspense of opening a surprise box or drawing for the coveted Louis Vuitton purse, there is no shortage of energy in the room.

But behind all the enjoyment, the glitz and clinking of glasses, you find the reason for all our hard work to make this event a success each year.

The children. From the biggest to the very smallest hand print on our client wall, it’s all about them.

Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County could not provide the resources for our clients without the incredible support of our local community. Looking out over the crowded room at Bling-O, you see local businesses and individuals who stand with us in the fight against child abuse. Bling-O is a night for everyone to come together and celebrate all we have achieved and are striving toward in protecting the most vulnerable in our community; helping them heal and walk forward into a bright future.

The CAC would like to thank everyone who support our clients through Bling-O and Bids for Kids, including all the staff and volunteers who put in countless hours of hard work for the event. This year was the most successful yet! Bling-O boasted over 700 attendees and raised well over $110,000 through both the event and online auction.

The funds raised provide services like crucial interviews, therapy and warm-hearted medical care to clients, and abuse awareness to the community, all thanks to YOU – our wonderful sponsors and partners!

Bling-O and Bids for Kids 2019 is already on the horizon with plenty of new surprises coming your way! Stay tuned for more information regarding sponsorship and reserving your table for Bling-O 2019!


Chick-Fil-A Broadway Crossing Hosts Check Presentation for Children's Advocacy Center

Chick-fil-A Broadway Crossing to Host Check Presentation for Sheriff Larry Smith, First Responders and Friends Golf Tournament Benefiting Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County

Tyler, Texas on July 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. – Chick-fil-A Broadway Crossing will be presenting Sheriff Larry Smith, First Responders and Friends Golf Tournament with funds they raised through the Chick-fil-a Celebrity Drive Thru event benefiting Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.

Chick-fil-A Broadway Crossing hosted a series of Celebrity Drive Thru events every Monday during the month of May. The events were held to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County through the Sheriff Larry Smith, First Responders and Friends Golf Tournament slated for Monday, October 1, 2018.

The golf tournament lead by Sheriff Larry R. Smith is in its fourth year and raised over $125,000 for children served at Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County. Children’s Advocacy Center coordinates the efforts of law enforcement agencies, Department of Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services, criminal prosecutors, therapists, victim advocates, and community volunteers in a child-friendly environment in order to bring healing and recovery to child victims of abuse and their families.

Through the unified efforts of leaders in The Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department, UT Health East Texas EMS and additional donations, brought in by Chick-fil-A Broadway Crossing, the month-long fundraiser raised over $5,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.

Local celebrities include, Sheriff Larry R. Smith, Tyler PD Chief Jimmy Toler, Public Information Officer Don Martin, Tyler Fire Chief David Coble, Shelby Romo and Jimmy Zednick with UT Health East Texas EMS, City Councilman Bob Westbrook, Pastor Kim Beckham and Chick-Fil-A operator Jeff Johnston.


Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is hosting their 5th annual Bling-O Designer Purse Bingo Event on Tuesday, September 11, at The Cascades Golf and Country Club in Tyler with doors opening at 6:00 PM. Through this event, Children’s Advocacy Center hosts 700 women for a ladies-night-out of Bingo played for designer purses. Net proceeds from Bling-O support the children of Smith County and their protective caregivers who have been affected by physical and sexual abuse or those who may have witnessed a crime.

“The event will include 15 rounds of bingo, a silent auction, as well as many additional games, a chance drawing and some special 5th anniversary surprises,” said Jennifer Walsh, who co-chairs the 2018 event with Holli Shull. “The 2017 event sold out quickly with close to 700 people in attendance.”

Sponsorships and tables are now available and spaces are quickly filling up. Reservations may be made by visiting cacsmithcounty.org or calling Kaylen Clakley at 903-533-1880. Current sponsors include: Peltier Tyler, Pratt Homes, Austin Bank, American State Bank, Classic Toyota and Mercedes Benz, Dakota’s Chophouse, Tyler Periodontics, Reuland Orthodontics, Wesley Senior Living, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Brady Environmental, Heart to Heart Hospice, Dow Autoplex, Baylor Scott and White Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, Altra Federal Credit Union, The Judy Kunzman Team at Keller Williams, Howard McKinney Company, Gollob Morgan Peddy, Sleep Medicine Institute, Cozad Insurance and Southside Bank.

The Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and strives to reduce trauma through a unified effort that facilitates thorough investigations, effective prosecutions and the healing of children and their families.

If you suspect child abuse, please call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or local law enforcement. For more information on the services offered by Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, please call 903-533-1880.

Community Engagement Breakfast is November 10

You are invited to learn how you and/or your company can empower child victims of abuse by partnering with Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County. Along with breakfast, the program will include a tour of our facility and a presentation about the CAC services provided in our community. Come learn how YOU can be involved!

If you or a company representative would like to attend, please RSVP to Pam Jacobsen, [email protected], 903-533-1880, by Wednesday, November 8.