A $5,000 donation from Cirro Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, will help power the “Holly Jolly” Holiday Project at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC). The families and caregivers of abused and neglected children in the Advocacy Center’s care will choose toys from the Toy Store powered by Cirro Energy on December 12 at 2205 Los Rios Blvd. in Plano.
Cirro Energy and CACCC will host an opening ceremony on December 11 at the Toy Store. After Cirro Energy team members help set up the store, CACCC and local dignitaries will officially open it. Cirro Energy officials will then present a $5,000 check to help buy toys to fill the store.
“The Cirro Energy team shares the Advocacy Center’s passion for helping abused and neglected children,” said Jim Hayes, managing director for Cirro Energy. “By donating our time, efforts and money, we hope to inspire and spread cheer to these deserving kids through the Toy Store powered by Cirro Energy.”
Each year, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County hosts an annual Holiday Project for children in its care. Last year, CACCC served more than 1,100 children through the Toy Store.
This year the Toy Store powered by Cirro Energy gives caregivers of children served by CACCC the opportunity to pick three gifts. Cirro Energy’s donation directly funds the organization’s Holiday Project. The majority of the money from Cirro Energy will buy gifts for the Toy Store. This is the first time that the Toy Store has received commercial underwriting.
The public can contribute by sponsoring one child’s holiday gifts, “adopting” an entire family or donating a gift card or new, unwrapped toy from December 5 through 9. In addition, CACCC relies on volunteers to help operate the Toy Store. This year, Cirro Energy employees will volunteer their time to help set up the Toy Store.
“Children come to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County broken, battered and abused,” said Melanie Carroll, vice president of development, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. “The Holiday Project is a unique opportunity for the community to bring such happiness to these children by making their holiday wishes come true. We appreciate the support of Cirro Energy and everyone who volunteers their time, money and energy to make the holidays special for the children that we serve.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County provides safety to children victimized by abuse or neglect. By coordinating and tracking the efforts of all the professionals working each child’s case, the CACCC ensures no client’s needs go unmet. They provide help, such as assistance with rent, food or other basic needs for victims of abuse. CACCC also offers comprehensive therapeutic services for children and their non-offending family members who experience trauma as a result of abuse. Since opening in 1992, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and its partners have offered free services to more than 50,000 children. For more information, visit caccollincounty.org or call (972) 633-6600.