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ChildSafe Distributes Cardboard Kids at Drive-Through Locations

To prepare for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, ChildSafe will distribute Cardboard Kids® curbside in March at locations throughout the city to promote awareness of child abuse and neglect in our community as well as to empower adults and children to talk about it. Anyone can be a part of this campaign!

Cardboard Kids will be distributed free to the public Saturday, March 6, 10 am – 5 pm at the following San Antonio locations:

  • Olmos Basin Park, Trailhead
  • UTSA Main Campus, Convocation Center
  • ChildSafe, 3730 IH 10 East

Saturday, March 13, 10 am – 5 pm at:

  • Roosevelt Park, near the swimming pool
  • UTSA Main Campus, Convocation Center
  • ChildSafe, 3730 IH 10 East

All locations have ample parking and space for drive-through access. ChildSafe will have signage at all entrances guiding participants to the site. Participants will not exit their vehicles, but give their requested number of Cardboard Kids to a volunteer who will pull together Cardboard Kids, associated materials, and load items in the participant’s trunk or back seat. All social distancing and mask protocols will be followed.

Citizens are asked to join in this effort by:

Pick-up your free Cardboard Kids at a participating location during one of the distribution Saturdays. While decorating Cardboard Kids, talk to your children or students about personal boundaries and body safety. ChildSafe offers some tips here www.childsafe-sa.org.

You can dress up, decorate and name your Cardboard Kid however you like!

Place your Cardboard Kid in a high visibility location on Reveal Day, April 1. Take a photo of your Cardboard Kid, or any others you see in the community on April 1, and share it on social media using #cardboardkidsSA. Let’s start a dialogue about this pressing issue the entire month of April!

“We have seen child abuse numbers spike during COVID-19 with less children attending school and extracurricular activities; many are trapped at home with their abusers,” said ChildSafe President/CEO Kim Abernethy. “Together, it takes all of us as members of the community to recognize and report child abuse,” Abernethy said.

Valero Energy Foundation has been the sole sponsor of Cardboard Kids since 2015, enabling the campaign’s exponential growth and heightened awareness about child abuse in Bexar County. With Valero’s investment, ChildSafe is able to provide advanced care to young survivors, prevent abuse from happening to other children through community awareness and education programs, and help our community break the intergenerational cycle of child abuse.

ChildSafe performs forensic interviews, crisis intervention, case management services, counseling, and advanced therapy to help abused children heal from trauma, and they work with law enforcement and prosecutors to bring perpetrators to justice.

For more information about ChildSafe, visit www.childsafe-sa.org or call (210) 675-9000.

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