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the year we have several events that are important to both the Center and the
community. Be sure to keep up with what is going on and support these events
with your presence, your influence and your resources... after all, remember who
we are doing these things for... the children.
2010 Circles of Hope Telethon is Sunday, August 15, 2010.
The team of
hosts this year included:
Doris "Cousin Tuny"
Freeman, Stan Perkins, Tom Britt, Keli McAlister, Conrad Delaney, Benji Wood, and Jimmy Hoppers.
This group will interview special guests,
introduced entertainers, give updates of amounts pledged and
Through the Eyes
When I started working at the Center in
December of 2005 I never dreamed I’d see so much child
abuse. I had no idea that child abuse happens every day in
West Tennessee … even in the smallest of
I never dreamed I’d see a little boy with a broken
collarbone at the hands of his father or a teenager with
scars from his father’s belt … scars so shocking that he
hides them from his peers in gym class.
I never dreamed I’d see a little girl who has been
victimized by so many of her mother’s boyfriends that law
enforcement removed her from the home.
I never dreamed I’d see so many grandmothers raising
their grandchildren because mom and dad are addicted to meth
or cocaine or heroin. I also never dreamed I’d see so many
babies born addicted as well.
I never dreamed I’d meet a little girl who wouldn’t call
her mother Mama anymore because she had hurt her so many
times she didn’t deserve the title.
I never dreamed I’d sit in court until 8 o’clock one
night watching a beautiful blonde 6-year-old girl clutching
a teddy bear as she testified against her stepfather for the
atrocities he had done to her. Daddy was sentenced to 25
years in prison for a case so horrific an area pediatrician
uses it as a teaching tool.
I certainly never
dreamed I’d meet a baby that had been thrown across a
room so violently that she passed out when she struck the
wall. I kept her two days later when her grandmother went to
court to ask for custody. I played with her and kissed on
her as her eyes sparkled from the attention she’d been
craving. As I held her I realized that she wasn’t responding
to my voice. I began speaking louder, clapping my hands
behind her … all to no avail. When the baby’s grandmother
returned, I told her that I feared she might have some
Three weeks later I got a call from
the grandmother’s attorney. That sweet, precious baby girl
had permanent and complete hearing loss from the abuse. One
minute she was a perfectly healthy baby … the next … deaf
for the rest of her life.
I never dreamed I’d see the things that I see every day
at the Carl
Center. If you could see what I
see … it would change your life forever.
I support the Carl Perkins
Center because of the
children I see every day … children with broken spirits,
broken bones, broken hearts. I give so that I can dream of a
world where child abuse doesn’t exist and all children live
happy, safe lives. I give because I believe in a better
world. I give because I believe in the Carl Perkins
Janeane Moore Office
How Can I Help?
Give: Making a gift is a personal and active way to
help. Giving demonstrates that YOU believe in who we are and
what we are doing to help children. It also shows that YOU
want to be part of making a difference in your community. No
matter the size, every dollar raised allows us the
opportunity to continue to offer services at no cost to
children and families.
The telethon airing live on WBBJ TV, Sunday, August 16, from
1:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m.
You will see some great area talent and become more
aware to what the Carl Perkins Center does in your community.
You can also see the telethon on our website, click here
to see Carl Perkins Center TV.