Thank you to everyone who generously provided referrals to us this past quarter, as we presented a check for $1,810 to Child Protection Center (CPC) and the timing couldn’t have been better! Every April, Florida participates in the national Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign in an effort to protect our most precious citizens: the children. Established in 1980, the CPC has been serving our community and combating child abuse for over 40 years. With over 3,800 reports of child abuse in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties each year, the CPC is an incredible resource to have in our area. The staff and volunteers offer an abundance of services that include prevention, intervention and treatment to address the issue of child abuse. One particular program we love is Pet Advocates Working in Sarasota (P.E.T.S.), a program designed to help comfort children and families in times of trauma and crisis through certified therapy animals and trained handlers. The work the CPC does is so important and we’re so delighted to have chosen this worthy cause as our charity!