Yard sale helps bring awareness
Sunday, 08 July 2012 by Terryn Kelly
Aware Central Texas had its first Prevent Child Abuse Yard Sale June 15 and 16, at their new location across the street from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Much of the community came to support the cause, which is teaching others how to prevent child abuse/neglect and family violence. There was also a bake sale and a hot dog sale during the event.
"We were amazed at how well it was received by the community," Executive Director for the organization Sue Allen Jackson said. "The Belton Police Department came out and helped us with traffic and made sure everyone was safe. People where very friendly and we made new friends. We got to teach people about who we are and what we do. We got some volunteers so it was a good day."
Jackson was able to exceed her goal of $2,000, and was surprised to see some of the great items that were donated.
The proceeds will go toward the operation so they will be able to continue with workshops and spreading awareness. The workshops are open to anyone who wants to attend.
"With Friday and Saturday combined we made almost $3,400," Jackson said. "People were so generous with the things they bought. A lot of times you just think people are just going to drop off their junk, but they did not. We had furniture, and valuable antiques, we got amazing athletic equipment. We also got household things like appliances and televisions. We were very thrilled. Some prominent folks in the neighborhood really stepped up and gifted us."
Jackson wants to remind people that child abuse and neglect has no limitations. The victims can be of any race or gender, and can come from any social class.
If anyone is interested in volunteering for Aware Central Texas, they can be reached at (254) 939-7582 or at www.awarecentraltexas.org.