A couple of months ago, one of Ryan’s coworkers invited us to attend a fundraising dinner for Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection and last night we joined in the effort to raise money for this incredible organization.
Since Ryan and I are still relatively new to the Ocala area, I didn’t know too much about Kimberly’s Center going into this event, but by the end of the evening, those who work at the center earned all of my respect.
Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection is a child-friendly facility that is often the first place a child visits after an allegation of abuse. The staff at Kimberly’s Center helps children who have been hurt by child abuse or neglect find healing through specialized and child-friendly services. They perform medical exams, offer counseling and more – all in the comfort of one child-friendly facility.
The stories we heard last night about the children who have come to the Center were incredibly emotional. They helped a five-month-old baby who was brought to the center with broken bones and bruising all over her body. They helped a young boy whose body was covered in welts from his mother’s boyfriend’s belt. They helped a high school teenager who was raped by her father and ended up pregnant.
The stories about these children were absolutely heartbreaking and the effort Kimberly’s Center clearly pours into trying to help them heal is incredible. (If you would like to join us in donating to the Center, you can click here and easily donate through PayPal.)
Just yesterday, in Marion County alone, 26 calls were made reporting suspicions of child abuse.
Attending this dinner last night made my heart ache for these children. Every child deserves love, warmth, compassion and tenderness. If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse in any way, I pray that you find healing and strength.