While child abuse awareness is something observed throughout the state, Coleman said the barbeque fundraiser is new this year, planned and organized by members of the Child Welfare Board.
“This is national Child Abuse Awareness month in April, and this year we're also adding the fundraiser to it,” he said. “We encourage the entire public to come out and support our children and our fundraiser.”
According to a press release, the Child Welfare Board is a group of local volunteers who have “a passion to assist in meeting children's needs that cannot be met by the limited state funding of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.”
The board strives in educating the public on child abuse prevention and working towards ensuring that all children can grow up in a safe environment.
Figures released by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services show that in 2013, 156 Texas children died from abuse and neglect. Thankfully though, Coleman said no lives were lost in Anderson County.
The barbeque fundraiser is sponsored by Encompass Home Health and Grace Visiting Nurses.
For more information, or to donate to the Rainbow Room, contact the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living at 903-729-7505. The center is located at 421 Avenue A.