Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 2, 2014

Thunder in the Pines raises money for child abuse victims

April Barbe
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The 9th Annual Thunder in the Pines was a “huge success” this past weekend, according to local coordinators.

The event, sponsored by the Jacksonville Police Association, benefits child abuse victims in Cherokee and Anderson counties.

“We had approximately 2,000 people in total attendance, despite the rain (during) the Friday night ball,” said Sgt. Daniel Franklin of the Jacksonville Police Department.

Franklin said he was glad to see so many people “weathered the storm” for a good cause. He said the tally is not final on the amount of money raised, but he estimates it is about $5,000.

“It was great to see so many participants come out to support the rally and the fight against child abuse,” he said.

The month of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, according to www.childwelfare.gov.

During the month and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies.

Officials also urge anyone with information about a child who is being abused to contact the nearest law enforcement agency immediately.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. The monthly proclamation occurred in 1983, the website said.