Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fayette Solicitor-General to Recognize Victims with Charity Fundraiser

Once again, Fayette County Solicitor-General James K. Inagawa is doing some spring cleaning in hopes of cleaning up child abuse in our county. This year Inagawa and his staff will sponsor their second annual charity yard sale with all proceeds going to benefit Fayette Youth Protection Homes, a local organization dedicated to helping children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect. Last year the yard sale raised over $3,000 for Promise Place, Fayette County’s domestic violence emergency shelter.

This year, Inagawa has timed the fundraiser to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and National Child Abuse Prevention month.

Every hour in Georgia, three children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect. Statistics also show that over 250 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported to the state daily. Fayette County is not immune to the problem. In 2006 alone, the county had 553 reported cases of child abuse.

"While I serve Fayette County in my role as Solicitor, I feel strongly that my staff and I should also give back to the community" said Inagawa. "I encourage everyone to join me in helping the youngest victims of violence, abuse and neglect in Fayette County. Aiding our youngest victims today will better our community tomorrow."

The yard sale will be held at the American Legion log cabin building in downtown Fayetteville on Thursday April 17th and Friday April 18th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also this year, Inagawa and his staff will also sell hotdogs and homemade baked goods to aid in their fundraising efforts.

Inagawa and his staff are currently collecting donations of clothing, furniture, small appliances and other household items for the sale. "We have already received many great items for the sale. It should be a wonderful event."

For more information about the event or to make a donation please call (770) 716-4260.

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