Cardboard Kids, ChildSafe’s memorable 2-foot high cardboard kid cutouts, will be distributed free to the public on Friday, March 13 from 1 pm - 6 pm and Saturday, March 14 from 10 am – 6 pm at these locations:
Ingram Park Mall - upper level near the Food Court
North Star Mall - lower level under the escalators leading up to the Food Court
Rolling Oaks Mall - lower lever center court near Guest Services
The Shops at La Cantera - center court on the compass star
ChildSafe, Bexar County’s only Children’s Advocacy Center, created Cardboard Kids to achieve a new level of awareness of child abuse by “putting a face” on it and engaging the community during April, which is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Now in its second year, the distribution of Cardboard Kids at area malls is a new component of the campaign.
More than 12,000 Cardboard Kids are being distributed this year, representing the thousands of abused and neglected children in our community. The campaign is made possible by the generous support of Valero Energy Foundation.
Citizens are asked to join in this effort by:
Picking up a Cardboard Kid on March 13 or 14
Decorate the Cardboard Kid, while talking to your kids about child abuse and personal safety
Take your Cardboard Kid wherever you go and display it on April 9 in well-traveled spot
Take a photo of your Cardboard Kid or another you see in the community on April 9 and share it via social media using #cardboardkidsSA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to begin a dialogue about this pressing issue.
“Unfortunately, child abuse occurs across every demographic; it knows no borders, it happens everywhere,” said Kim Abernethy, ChildSafe CEO. “So ChildSafe created Cardboard Kids to illustrate the pervasiveness of the issue and the fact that every story is different and every child unique,” she said.
ChildSafe is Bexar County’s only Children’s Advocacy Center. Its staff performs forensic interviews, crisis intervention, case management services, counseling, and advanced therapy to aid in the healing of child victims of abuse and neglect. And they work with Child Protective Services, law enforcement, and prosecutors to bring perpetrators to justice.