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The New Playground is a Reality

IMG_0224More than 256 volunteers joined Family Abuse Center staff to build a playground in one day.  KaBoom organized the event and Blue Cross Blue Shield paid for the playground equipment.  It was a true festive occasion that even the cold could not dampen.  The DJ played upbeat music.  Blanek’s Catering provided the lunch and many other businesses donated food.  We all ate well and stayed warm working hard.

Tomorrow December 18, 2013 will be play day.  It will be the first day that our kids actually get to climb and swing on the playground.  They can’t wait.  There are no words adequate to say thank you to KaBoom, Blue Cross Blue Shield and all those wonderful volunteers.

Thank you Barnett Contracting!

 

Taking down the old playground

Taking down the old playground

Today Barnett Contracting brought in some equipment and a couple of wonderful workers.  With help from Manna Works, they removed the old playground and leveled the ground so that our site is ready for the new playground.  The Build Day for the new custom designed playground will be December 14.  To volunteer to help, contact amy.reagan@familyabusecenter.org.  Thank you Barnett Contracting!

 

KaBoom Build Day – December 14

Imagine putting together an entire playground in just one day.  Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Family Abuse Center will get a new playground for the kids at the shelter on December 14.  The day will begin with a rally and then more than 250 volunteers will spend their Saturday building the playground.

By 2 p.m. in the afternoon, we will dedicate the playground.  Sadly we can play on it until the concrete dries, but we can still celebrate this new structure.  Research repeatedly shows that imaginative play is essential to all kids.  Families living at the shelter live in close quarters with many different folks around all the time.  What a great place to have a state of the art, custom designed playground!

Join us by volunteering for that day.  Contact Amy Reagan (amy.reagan@familyabusecenter.org) to sign up to help.

Alpha Chi Omega – Baylor University “Break the Silence” – November 11

The sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, has nationally chosen domestic violence as their cause.  Here in Waco, they are incredibly supportive of Family Abuse Center.  Tonight (November 11, 2013) is their major fundraiser called “Break the Silence.”  It is a singing competition and all the funds raised will help support Family Abuse Center. They hope to raise more than $10,000!

That is not all they do for us.  Weekly they donate meals for the clients.  They provide special seasonal parties for the children living in the shelter and provide many volunteer hours working with our kids.  They do several diaper drives for us.  They are the best!

Thank you, Alpha Chi Omega, for your generous spirit and your commitment to a great cause.  Let’s all break the silence about domestic violence.

Day of Remembrance – October 22, 2013 5:30 pm

October 22, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. family, friends and staff of Family Abuse Center will gather at the Waco Suspension Bridge to remember those who have died in domestic violence situations.  This short, but important memorial time will include a proclamation from the Mayor, sharing by family members, a reading of names of those who died in our area in 2012 and a time of reflection.

Join us to remember.