Child Abuse Prevention grants total $5,800 | #childabuse | #children | #kids

Meeting at Red Bridge Park, Bob Kaumans and Jenifer Anderson with the Child Abuse Prevention Council handed out a $3,500 check to Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, $1,000 each to CHI St. Joseph’s FATHER Project and PEACE (a parents’ group for children in special education), and $300 to the Pregnancy Resource Center.

“The Hubbard County Child Abuse Prevention Council serves to raise funds throughout the year to grant to different organizations in our communities that serve to prevent or reduce child abuse,” said Kaumans. “We realize that’s a significant problem in our communities, and we want to reach out to parents and help them. These are the organizations that are the hands-on, boots-on-the-ground people who are helping parents, so that there is less percentage of a chance for child abuse.”

Mari Jo Lohmeier, director of Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, said their grant will probably be used to replenish the organization’s general fund, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve had to cancel six fundraisers this year,” said Lohmeier. “It’s just a different year. I know that, typically, sometimes, it goes toward sending kids to camp, but there wasn’t camp this year.”

Kinship matches kids with adult mentors.

Joe Johnson with the FATHER Project said the council’s grants have been used in the past to coordinate family events.

“We hope that when things start straightening out, it can go into, maybe, our daddy-daughter dance,” he said.

Kaumans said that in December, the Child Abuse Prevention Council plans to hold its Radiothon to Prevent Child Abuse.

“That’s where we gather most of our funds that we give away,” he said. “So, we’ll be asking local businesses and organizations to donate items. We appreciate the community’s support.”

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