Give the gift of recovery this holiday season

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Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks, and to appreciate family and loved ones.

There isn’t room in this entire section of The Augusta Chronicle to thank the individuals, businesses, religious organizations, civic clubs, special-interest clubs, academic institutions, the United Way of the CSRA, foundations, grant providers, volunteers, board members, employees and other angels who have assisted in the critically important and daunting work of Child Enrichment.

You know who you are – so thank you for helping Child Enrichment to help the hundreds of child victims we have served this year.

THANKSGIVING IS the wonderful holiday that falls at a time just before everything goes into fast-forward. It will be 2014 in a minute.

This time of the year, every year, new friends come forward to help, and the holiday and Christmas season opens the hearts of wonderful and generous people locally – and, I am sure, across the entire planet.

On giving, just a thought for you to consider. Could you consider a different kind of gift this season?

Consider a different kind of gift – a forever gift.

Most people know the joy of giving a child a gift for Hanukkah, at Christmas or on a birthday, or when taking a child to the zoo, or to a playground. We all enjoy giving gifts – games, Mr. Potato Head, a doll, Legos, music, computer games, a football or a basketball.

And all of these are great gifts. But what if?

WHAT IF YOU could give peace, happiness and safety to a child victim of abuse? Consider a gift that really captures the spirit of giving and actually keeps on giving forever – the gift of recovery.

• Your gift for counseling sessions will help a child recover from severe abuse.

• Your gift for an entire year of Court Appointed Special Advocates services – to a child or sibling group who has been removed from their parents because they were abused – will help them heal.

• Your gift for a group therapy experience – which begins the understanding that the child is not alone, and that the abuse was not their fault – would be priceless.

These are forever gifts.

And they are needed.

Consider placing Child Enrichment in your estate or will. Your gift assures that future child victims of abuse will have the services that they need to recover.

YOUR DONATIONS are tax deductible. Child Enrichment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity serving the region since 1978.

Your gift gives hope, gives safety and can give child victims a lifelong ability to protect themselves, and to fully recover and experience love and happiness.

Child Enrichment is a safe haven for abused and neglected children in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties, and all services are professional, specialized and free of charge to victims. Please consider a different kind of gift this year. If you cannot donate money, please consider volunteering now or in 2014. And, simply telling someone else about the work that Child Enrichment is doing may make a difference in the life of a child.

Thank you all, and a happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

(The writer is executive director of Child Enrichment Inc., the Child Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused children.)

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