Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Children's Justice Center receives holiday donations (Photo)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 11:06 AM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- Over the holiday season the Children's Justice Center received many donations to benefit youth in need. A donation of 130 bikes and 8t tike scooters from the Longshoremen of Vancouver International of Union Local # 4 brightened the holidays for many kids this year. Longshoreman Lacy Dyer and Troy Price have been the force behind coordinating this annual holiday bike drive for the past eight years. As in years past the Longshoreman teamed up with the Vancouver Fire Dep artment to make sure that every child receiving a bike also had a bike helmet. The local Longshoreman Credit Union filled 44 gift requests. One child who had recently been placed in foster care told her advocate that she was so happy to have a Christmas gift because, "Santa didn't know where she was this year." The Clark County Quilters group donated handmade stockings for children, so many of the bike gifts came with a stocking filled with gifts.

Children's Justice Center (CJC) Executive Director, Mary Blanchette said, "For some of our local children in need this year, the holidays can be especially bleak. Many of the children we serve have lost so very much and some of our local families are struggling to survive with scarcity. To have such caring community groups like these in our community to bring joy to our local children this season is a gift to the Children's Justice Center team and we are very grateful for their partnership in this important work."

The Children's Justice Center provides a safe and supportive place for child victims of abuse crimes. The center's multidisciplinary response team comes together from across a network of agencies, including mental health, medical, law enforcement, prosecution, advocacy and child protection services to work as a team providing coordination for safety, support, healing and justice for the child and non-offending family members.


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