Fort Payne Goody’s makes donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center
May 31, 2017 Share

Fort Payne Goody’s makes donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center

PHOTO: (Left to Right) District VP/Manager Stan Witherow, Third Key LaRanda Matthews, Store Manager Heather Hairel, and Advocacy Center Director Elizabeth Wheatley with the check for $993.00! (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Wednesday morning (May 31) employees of Goody’s in Fort Payne presented Elizabeth Wheatley, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Fort Payne, a check for $993.00 to go towards the charity.

Each individual Goody’s location participates in, “Goody’s Thirty Days of Giving,” but each location also choose which charity they would like to donate to. The Fort Payne location traditional donates to the Advocacy Center, with employees raising money in the spring and raising clothing donations during the fall/winter.

The Fort Payne store raised over $600 for the charity, and when it came time for the district meeting, the Goody’s Corporation donated another $300, as the Fort Payne store had increased their charitable contribution larger than any other store in the district.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Fort Payne has been in operation for twenty-four years, with the Board of Directors being formed in October 1991, and their stated mission is to, “provide hope and healing for abused and at-risk children.”

One of the most important services the advocacy center provides, is their specialised ‘forensic interviews,’ which a trained professional conducts with children who are the victims of severe physical or sexual abuse. The interviews provide valuable evidence for prosecutors and law enforcement handling the cases.

The center also, “provides therapy for abuse victims and at-risk students in DeKalb County School and Fort Payne City Schools, a Family Advocate to support the non-offending caregiver in the abuse cases, child abuse prevention programs for second and fifth – twelfth grade classes, and parent education,” according to their website.

Thank you Fort Payne Goody’s for working hard to support such an important charity!



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