ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – More than 200 youngsters are cared for at Abilene daycare All God’s Children. The child care facility is stepping up to help other children in the community.
“I think it’s footprints to our future. Abilene needs to take care of our children. It takes a village like they say,” says Alice Andrade, the Chair of the AGC Board.
Andrade is putting one foot forward to collect new shoes for children who end up in the care of Child Protective Services, “When this popped up, we thought wow this is a great opportunity to help out.”
There are boxes set up at the daycare to collect new pairs of shoes. The donations will be taken to the Bluebonnet Room. It’s a place where clothing and shoes are kept to help children who are removed from their homes.
“On average, 428 children are in substitute care in Taylor County,” says Rhea Rodriguez, the Chair of the Taylor County Child Welfare Board.
Rhea Rodriguez believes it’s a project that can change the pace for children going through a difficult time. “You feel for them. There is empathy. You want them to know there is help out there. That they’re not alone.”
Andrade adds, “We need to help them.”
“I think it’s fantastic that other entities in our town that partnering with us and that’s really what we’re wanting,” says Rodriguez.
This effort is leading up to next month’s initiative for Child Abuse Awareness Month. The 380 pairs of shoes will be displayed outside the Taylor County Courthouse to show the community how many children were removed from their homes in 2018 in Taylor County.