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Cleaning out your closets...

I am crazy excited to be a member of Junior Service League of Beaufort this year (thanks Colleen!).  JSLB is an incredible group that gives its members (all women) a ton of really cool volunteer opportunities, as well as hosts and organizes events to raise money for local charities and organizations. 
One of the volunteer opportunities that I can't wait to start is going over to the CAPA shelter to hang out with the kids (and teens!).  CAPA stands for Child Abuse Prevention Association and their visition/mission statement is: All children deserve to be loved, nurtured and kept safe from intentional and unintentional harm.  CAPA exists to break the destructive cycle of child abuse and neglect by equipping parents, children and their caregivers with necessary skills, knowledge and values.  What's not to love about this association?!  They welcome boys/girls from birth to 21 years who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.  Most often, the child/teen will go into a foster home after leaving the shelter--we were informed that parents seldom come looking for their children.  So hard to believe.
We also learned that a lot of times a child will be brought into the shelter in the middle of the night with only the clothes on his/her back--PJs.  If the police conduct a drug raid and there are children in the home, they will immediately take them.  The people at CAPA then go to the CAPA thrift shop to find clothes for the child. 
If you live in the area, remember CAPA when cleaning out your closets, and your children's closets!

CAPA's Closet
1340 Ribaut Rd
Port Royal, SC 29935

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