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J. Roy Dunning Children’s Shelter Drive

Lawton_Press Release_A group of students from Cameron University are going to be conducting a supply drive on Saturday, 28 March 2009, in front of the Cameron Library, from 12-6 pm, for the J. Roy Dunning's Children Shelter as part of a Community Relations Class at Cameron University. This Non-Profit Organization is an emergency shelter for children, ranging from newborn through age 12 who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. The Shelter strives to offer a nurturing environment for children who are transitioning through stages of trauma and grief.

They are in need of basic supplies. Supplies that you may take for granted and use in your everyday life, ie, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Tissues, Cutlery Sets, Pine Sol, Pull-ups, Diapers, Laundry Soap, and Toothpaste.

The shelter is asking asking for community support and small donations for this worthwhile project.

  • Did you know that in 2002, over three million children were reported to be victims of child abuse and neglect in the U.S?
  • Did you know that children aged birth to 3 years had the highest rates of victimization?
  • Did you know that reported cases of child sexual abuse have reached epidemic proportions, with a reported 322 % increase from 1980 to 1990?
  • Did you know that in 2002, an estimated 1, 400 children died due to abuse or neglect?  That's almost 4 children per day in our country.  76 percent of those children killed were younger than 4 years old.
  • Do you know what's even scarier than all these statistics?  The fact that it is estimated that the real numbers could be up to twice as high.
  • Prior to 1960, children who had been removed from their homes for safety or health reasons were kept in the hall of the Police station, or a kind-hearted police officer would bring the child home with them until Social Services was able to take over
  • In 1962, the J. Roy Dunning Children's Shelter was constructed in order to meet this community need.
  • In 1998 the Emergency Foster Care program was implemented to enhance development in children aged birth to 5 years old.
  • In 2002 the shelter was expanded and can now house 24 children in the shelter and an additional 14 in Emergency Foster care.

 

 

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