We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in many different ways. Children in our community are being affected through changes in daily schedules sometimes leading to lack of adequate supervision, dangers of internet-facilitated exploitation due to increased internet usage, and possible loss of significant support systems and people that they love. Studies have shown that now more than ever, we need to be on alert for those looking to exploit children's vulnerabilities, as well as children who may be suffering from abuse in silence.
The Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center continues to serve child abuse and child sex trafficking victims during this crisis time using our emergency protocols and expanded health and safety guidelines to ensure that children who are suffering from abuse can continue to receive the timely and critical services that they so desperately need. The services the Gingerbread House offers such as forensic interviews, multidisciplinary investigations, family advocacy and more are critical to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, and most importantly, they are critical to the healing journey of each child victim.
Sadly, one other effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, is the cancellation of many of our fundraisers and beloved community events. One of those events is our annual Partners in Prevention Luncheon, usually held the first week of November. This event helps to raise awareness and funds for the Gingerbread House so that we can continue providing all services free of charge to child abuse victims and their families. We are asking our supporters to help us close the financial gap that we are experiencing due to cancelling our annual event. Every dollar counts and you can help make a difference today.
You can donate online via this link thru our secure online donation page, or contact the Gingerbread House at (318) 674-2900 to make a donation by phone.
Thank you for your support!