Caring for Kids

For more than 20 years, Kimberly’s Center has provided first response services to help children who have suffered abuse.

The comforting, kid-friendly environment at Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection is designed to make our community’s youngest and most vulnerable residents feel safe. It’s the place where victims of child abuse are comforted by compassionate professionals who specialize in the care of children.

Every year, this nonprofit organization—supported by donations from the community—provides hope and healing for more than 1,200 children. In 2019, their 100 Strong Campaign brought together 100 local women who raised more than $30,000 to protect children and to help fund programs such as a new outdoor therapeutic play area. One of these dedicated women is Dr. Katherine O’Brien, veterinarian and owner of Maricamp Animal Hospital.

“This organization gives children the ability to heal and know that there are people in the community who truly love, cherish, protect and support them,” Dr. O’Brien affirms. “Every single person that works at Kimberly’s Center has a passion of the purpose of helping these kids and their families. I am proud to support such an amazing group of individuals in the community.”

Executive Director Dawn Westgate says the center is “blessed” to have partners in Dr. O’Brien and her team of “heroes,” and adds that Kimberly’s Center needs community support, now more than ever, to help children suffering from abuse and neglect to receive the help, hope, and healing they need.

For more information on how you can help, visit www.kimberlyscenter.org or call (352) 873-4739.

To report concern for a child’s safety, call (800) 96-ABUSE.

 

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