The “Christmas Card Project” grew out of an idea intent on providing information, awareness, and funding for an organization that provides critical needs for Benton County children and their families affected by physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The idea culminated into a collaboration led by First National Bank of NWA and many local companies in 2017 and 21 local companies in 2018 that agreed to become “card sponsors.” For their donation, their company received their own unique hand-drawn piece of art from a child at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County as a cover photo for its company Christmas card.

In this inaugural year, the 2017 Christmas Card Project raised $26,000 with all proceeds going directly to the organization and has helped provide awareness to thousands of others. In 2018, the project raised $27,000.

Each of the designs for this year’s 2018 Christmas Card Series was created by one of the children at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County (click here to learn a little more about the CAC of BC). Each card was sponsored by a company who chose to make an impact in our community. Below, you’ll see the card design and the company that sponsored the design.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their support!

About the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

Each child who goes through the doors at the CAC is personally assigned an advocate, receives a professional forensic interview, and if necessary, a medical examination. Additionally, all children are referred for mental health services, and all services are provided free of charge thanks to community support.

Statistics:

  • In 2017, the CAC of Benton County provided 833 initial services to children
    • conducted 806 forensic interviews,
    • performed 111 forensic medical exams,
    • had 2,337 family advocacy interactions,
    • facilitated educational training to 3,905 individuals.
  • In 2016, the CAC provided 950 initial services to children and families,
    • conducted 916 forensic interviews,
    • performed 230 forensic medical exams,
    • had 1,874 family advocacy interactions,
    • provided 2,116 counseling sessions to children and their families, and
    • facilitated educational training to 9,213 individuals.
  • Since the CAC opened in 2000, they have seen nearly 8,000 children. Since that time prosecution of child abuse cases has increased over 2,000 percent.

If you suspect child abuse, call the AR Child Abuse Hotline: 1-844-Save-A-Child. And for additional information about services contact the CAC Office at: 479-621-0385