(How YOU CAN VISIT A LEMON-AID STAND THIS WEEKEND)
A national model for helping abused and exploited girls
For 280+ straight days little Vivienne Harr, a nationally recognized child entrepreneur and activist who founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid, has set up her lemon-aid stand to stamp out child slavery and human trafficking. In 2012 alone she raised more than $150,000 at her stand and on crowdfunding site, Fundly.
This week “Vivi” is in Dallas raising money for the Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center. The new 55,000-square-foot Center is the first of its kind in North Texas and the nation. It is a place where “invisible girls” ages 13 to 17 who have experienced extreme abuse and exploitation in human trafficking – will benefit from six to 12 months of long-term treatment and shelter safe from pimps, as well as ongoing community-based support for themselves and their families.
Today the Lemon-aid stand was erected right across the street from a CASA Press Conference for Child Abuse Prevention Month, attended by many community child advocacy groups and Child Protective Services leaders and staff. Also in attendance were Dallas County Commissioners Dr. Elba Garcia and Dr. Theresa Daniel, Gloria Campos (anchor, WFAA who MC’d), Juvenile Court Judge William Mazur and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Judge Mazur gave an impassioned speech on the problems we face as institutions entrusted to help save and protect the lives of children from funding to policy to outreach. When Judge Jenkins took the mic he said one thing about the funding and it rang out loud and clear: “I’m not sure about our Rainy Day funds, but I don’t know of a rainier day than when a child is hurt.” After a moment of silence for the children we’ve lost this year to abuse and a balloon send-off and prayer for them, attendees went right across the street to Founders Square where they met “Vivi,” drank lemon-aid and made their donations.
[Dallas — Tuesday, April 2] – For 280+ straight days little Vivienne Harr, a nationally recognized child entrepreneur and activist who founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid, has set up her lemon-aid stand to stamp out child slavery and human trafficking.In 2012 alone she raised more than $150,000 at her stand and on crowdfunding site, Fundly.
This week, dressed in her pink tutu, Harr will be in Dallas raising money for the Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center, spreading the word about ending human trafficking and the suffering of children worldwide. She will set up her stand at several iconic areas of Dallas County, with Photo-Ops, from this Thursday through Sunday and ending with a Monday morning press conference at the Letot center — with her lemon-aid stand — and personally give Letot her Dallas donations! (see below for press availability). She will be accompanied by her Dallas-area supporter and good friend, Stephanie McAndrew.
Vivienne “counts every penny because every penny counts. You never know which penny will free a child and change the world. And we can start right here in Dallas, helping the girls at the Letot Center!”
As the former Chair of the Dallas County Information Technology Governing Committee, Commissioner Mike Cantrell knows all too well the integral role and critical importance of proper management of records and information. Today, the commissioner emphasized its role in protecting individual rights and privacy as well as the complexities associated with the globalization and expansion of information technologies. He went on to talk about the essential role these technologies and record management plays in government, adding “the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators provides education to the professionals contributing to the success of their organizations by managing the creation, distribution, storage, retrieval, protection and ultimate disposition of important records and information,” thereby proclaiming April 2013, Records and Information Management Month.
… With member agencies present, Judge Jenkins called upon all citizens, legislators, other elected officials, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities, schools and businesses to increase their participation in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. Child abuse and neglect costs our state approximately $6,279,204,373 per year, or $95,215 per abused child costing Dallas County $482,644,835 per year in the aftermath of child abuse.
The Judge advocated for child abuse prevention investment to help abused and neglected children heal and find permanent loving homes, adding that effective child abuse prevention programs succeed in part because of state, federal and community partnerships and agencies as well as the medical community, volunteers and families. In urging that all citizens become more proactive and aware of child abuse and prevention programs, he proclaimed April 2013, Child Abuse and Prevention Month.