High Sky Children's Ranch and West Texas Children's Advocacy Center are agencies committed to helping families of the Nolan, Scurry, Fisher and Mitchell County communities to stop child abuse. Five years ago both agencies decided that more needed to be done to assure that the communities become aware that child abuse was a problem. It was found that the general public and some community leaders were unaware that child abuse existed and needed to be reported. HSCR and WTCAC decided to work together to help stop child abuse and involve local community leaders and other agencies. This commitment led to the development of the West Texas Family FunFair.
For the last six years High Sky Children's Ranch and The West Texas Children's Advocacy Center have been sponsoring the West Texas Family FunFair. This event is a family oriented program focused on child abuse awareness and prevention. Organizations that work with families are invited to attend this event and encouraged to bring information regarding their programs. Families are encouraged to visit each booth and play games that are provided free of charge to all participants. A concession stand is also provided during the FunFair. There is no charge for items at the concession stand. Families enjoy a great time of games, food and door prizes during this two-and-a-half hour event. The highlight of the event is a prayer vigil for child abuse victims. Local community leaders attend this event and during this time the Mayor of Sweetwater and County Judges declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 6, and the concession stand and games are from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer vigil from 6:05-6:30 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to stay for the prayer vigil, as it is an important part of the day’s activities.
This event has been effective and families are given a chance to participate in a fun time free of charge. Each year the agencies have relied on donations from local businesses to make this a successful event. This year the agencies would like to involve you in this program. HSCR and WTCAC are asking for the community’s participation once again for this great time of family fun. For more information, please feel free to contact Javier Franco with High Sky Children’s Ranch at 325-235-8487 or Teresa Zarate with the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center at 325-235-1818.