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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Child advocacy center continues holiday projects

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center is continuing the two holiday outreach projects started in 2003.

The first project is the "Jolly Jackets" project in which clean, used or new coats, hats and gloves are accepted through Dec. 30 and distributed to anyone in need this winter, free of charge.

Anyone in need of these winter items should come to the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at 300 South Main Street in Rocky Mount between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 15, 2013.

The center is closed on all state holidays.

Last year, 100 adults and 57 children picked up coats, hats, mittens and gloves sets to wear through winter months, according to CAC Executive Officer Joyce Moran.

"We remain grateful to the number of individuals and families who believe in and contribute to this project," Moran said. "Businesses, schools and civic groups find that supporting this project is a simple way give to those in need."

The center began distributing items early this year. So far, the center has provided winter-wear to 48 adults and 93 children this fall.

"Due to the need for items, we do limit the number of coats to five per family unit," Moran said.

The second holiday project is the "Sonny Tree," which pays tribute to the late Sonny Ryan, a child protective service worker with the Franklin County Department of Social Services (DSS). The concept is the same as an angel tree.

"Our local DSS shares names and needs of 20-25 children who are in need in our community," Moran said. "Names are available for pick up now, and all items need to be returned with ID tags attached by Dec. 10."

Ferrum College's Lambda Sigma fraternity and Rocky Mount Baptist Church are working with the CAC to fulfill the holiday wishes of 25 children this year.

"We still have three children remaining on the tree who need to be adopted for this year's project," Moran said.

"We continue to do these projects to remember how fortunate we are and recognize the value in giving to others," Moran added.

Call the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center for more information on any of its services or to volunteer with either of these projects at 484-5566.

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