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The Hidalgo County Clerk’s Office hosted its annual “Go Blue Campaign,” displaying posters and signs advocating against child abuse and collecting donations from the public to benefit the specific nonprofit organization the office chose to adopt for the month. Through their efforts, the office collected $1,000 for the Children's Advocacy Center, Estrella's House. This is the seventh year of the annual campaign held throughout the month of April. Every Monday was designated as “Blue Day,” and employees were allowed to wear their official blue County Clerk t-shirts and jeans. Donation slips were placed on the counters, and members of the public who were doing business at the office had the opportunity to donate toward the cause.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County is dedicated to promoting awareness and providing resources for children and families affected by abuse and neglect. The center was established in 2000 in tribute to Estrella Rojas, a victim of child abuse whose life ended tragically. In the United States, 13,700 children are abused or neglected each day. Of that number, 5 children will die as a result of the abuse. Since the center opened, over 13,000 child abuse victims have been helped.
Applauding the efforts of his employees and the success of the campaign, County Clerk Arturo Guajardo remarked, “Unfortunately, child abuse is a big problem in Hidalgo County. Every year, hundreds of cases involving some form of child abuse make their way through our court system. It’s gratifying to know that our monetary contribution to Estrella’s House provides much needed assistance to the victims and their families.”
Executive Director Victoria Medina graciously accepted the donation and stated it will used to assist child abuse victims and their non-offending family members.
“This means a lot to the children and I appreciate the community’s support,” said Medina. “The donation is considered to be matching funds and with this, we are able to obtain major grants from local, state and federal agencies; each dollar donated, we can potentially bring in $4 more.”
PICTURED L to R: Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr., CAC Executive Director Victoria Medina, CAC Associate Director Jesus Sanchez