NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jerseyans are being asked to dig through the bottoms of their drawers to find mismatched earrings, broken bracelets and tangled necklaces in a call to support child abuse prevention efforts across the state.
Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey has launched “Golden Childhoods,” a campaign to collect unwanted or broken gold to support safe, healthy and happy childhoods. The non-profit organization is accepting donated jewelry pieces as tax-deductible gifts. These pieces are exchanged with a local jeweler offering ten percent above market value to fund the development of child abuse prevention programs in all 21 counties. Persons interested in participating in “Golden Childhoods” can call 1-800-CHILDREN or visit www.preventchildabusenj.org.
“Our hope is that our friends and neighbors send us their earrings, bracelets, and tangled gold pieces that no longer hold any special value. Even just a single gold charm will make a difference. Every ounce we accumulate helps make children safer, healthier and happier,” said Rush Russell, Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey’s Executive Director.
Individuals or groups may request a free “Golden Childhoods” donation kit by visiting www.preventchildabusenj.org or by calling 1-732-354-5245. As part of the campaign, all donors will receive a statement of their gold’s value, as determined by a registered jeweler, for tax purposes.
Founded in 1979, Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey is dedicated to eliminating child abuse, in all of its forms, for all of New Jersey’s children. The non-profit coordinates family support programs that include home visitation services, professional trainings and community education workshops, parent education groups, initiatives that promote parental involvement in a child’s education, and programs for highly vulnerable families – including those headed by adolescent and incarcerated parents. More information about Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey’s work can be found at www.preventchildabusenj.org.
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