Christmas will be much brighter to the children at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC)! Dallas County Schools was thrilled to have held its annual holiday toy drive for our next-door neighbor again this year. Both Administration and Service Centers were able to collect two school bus loads of toys to those that might otherwise not have a Christmas to count on.
Organizations from around the metroplex donate toys to their massive Training Center, which DCAC then turns into a massive Christmas ‘store.’ “The store is set up so that the kids’ CPS worker can shop for them from a wish list. The worker comes in with a list of all the kids on their caseload and then we have volunteers help that worker select the toys for the kiddos. CPS then delivers [the gifts] to the caregiver so they can wrap stuff or put it under the tree,” said Becky Aguilar, Volunteer Engagement Specialist for DCAC.
Holiday of Hope is the DCAC’s largest campaign for toys and goods for their clients who are children and their non-offending family members who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. Their average client is a nine-to-ten year old girl who has been sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. To these children, the DCAC can provide a lifeline of safety and comfort in what is undoubtedly the one of the most challenging times in their life. DCAC served over 1,400 children last year, and Dallas County Schools is proud to aid in their mission.