April was child abuse prevention month. The Support Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC) did many projects to raise funds. It started with the Clothesline Project, in which crime survivors decorated T-shirts showing how victimization affected their lives.
Then there was the Little People Project, where little wooden figures are moved to different locations (Columbia Center mall, Columbia Basin College, Washington State University Tri-Cities) to represent the number of investigated child abuse cases from the last calendar year.
Approximately 500 child abuse cases were investigated in Benton and Franklin counties in 2012.
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The Kids Haven benefit auction ran from April 12 to May 4. Also on May 4, a big crowd attended a fundraiser at the Richland Community Center to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a dinner and silent auction of donated items.
A special thank you to JoDee Garretson and her staff at SARC for all of their efforts throughout the year and for putting on a great Cinco De Mayo celebration. Proceeds are used for counseling and advocacy services for abused children.
JUDI A. CLARK and GARY D. CLARK, Kennewick