The “Christmas Card Project” grew out of an idea intent on providing information, awareness, and funding for an organization that provides critical needs for Benton County children and their families affected by physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The idea culminated into a collaboration led by First National Bank of NWA and 26 local companies that agreed to become “card sponsors.” For their donation, their company received their own unique hand drawn piece of art from a child at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County as a cover photo for its company Christmas card.
In this inaugural year, the 2017 Christmas Card Project raised $26,000 with all proceeds going directly to the organization and has helped provide awareness to thousands of others.
If you’re interested in being a sponsor for the 2018 Christmas Card Project, contact Natalie Tibbs or fill out the short form below and we’ll reach out to you.
About the Cards and the CAC of Benton County
Each of the designs for this year’s 2017 Christmas Card Series was created by one of our children at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County. Each card was sponsored by a company who chose to make an impact in our community. Below, you’ll see the card design, the child’s first name and age, and the company that sponsored the design.
Each child who comes through our doors is personally assigned an advocate, receives a professional forensic interview, and if necessary, a medical examination. Additionally, all children are referred for mental health services, and all services are provided free of charge thanks to community support.
Thank you to all our sponsors for their support!
- In 2016, the CAC provided 950 initial services to children and families, conducted 916 forensic interviews, performed 230 forensic medical exams, had 1,874 family advocacy interactions, provided 2,116 counseling sessions to children and their families, and facilitated educational training to 9,213 individuals.
- Since the CAC opened in 2000, we have seen nearly 8,000 children. Since that time prosecution of child abuse cases has increased over 2,000 percent.