In 2016, Tarrant County had the second highest number of confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in the state of Texas. These kids are counting on the community to be their voices, act as their advocated and raise awareness for child abuse prevention.
This year's chairs of the annual Lend a Hand event, which brings awareness to the impact and issues related to child abuse and neglect, are already committed to making children's lives better. Barry and Leah King have been involved with ACH for a number of years, with Barry just having completed two terms on ACH's board. So when they were offered the opportunity to chair the event, they knew it was another way to get the word out about ACH and further help children in need.
"Leah and I felt it was a great way to give back to an organization that had been so good to me in my board development," Barry says. "If we don't help others, especially kids, then what is our true purpose in life?"
Putting children first and helping them thrive is something the Kings prioritize and plan to make a long-term commitment.
"I know Leah and I will be involved with ACH in some way for the rest of our lives," Barry says.
Like the Kings, participants in this year's Lend a Hand education sessions and luncheon can make a commitment to address child abuse and neglect in Tarrant and surrounding counties.
When asked how others can help abused and neglected children, Barry answers, "By getting involved. Coming out of your comfort zone because these kids live out of their comfort zones on a daily basis. That's what ACH does. It helps you step up in ways you had no idea you could."
To learn more about how you can #BeTheirVoice and advocate for abused and neglected children, visit the Lend a Hand site.