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Virtual Auction To Benefit Cache County Children's Justice Center Begins


Many social issues have been on the forefront of people’s minds this year, including human trafficking and protecting children. One Cache Valley non-profit is taking a step to help those in need this holiday season.

“We want to make sure that abused children are cared for in their time of need and ensure that Cache County is a community that is nurturing. I know that we are as a community but to really come out and show our support for the Children's Justice Center, I think it's a good opportunity.” said Karina Brown,  President of the Friends of the Cache County Children’s Justice Center Board.

Since the pandemic has put strains on many non-profits, the board members wanted to do something to provide more support for the center during the holidays and decided to host their first virtual action. 

“We have, you know, moderately priced items, or would be moderately priced, if you bought them at a store, and we thought it would be a good time to combine Christmas with raising money for children that have been abused,” Brown said.

Local businesses and community members donated items for the auction that will be open online until Monday. 

The funds raised from the auction will be used by the board to buy things likes snacks, stuffed animals and blankets for the children who come to the center in times of crisis for services. 

“What they do is at the center is they interview children that have been physically or sexually abused," Brown said. "And they get a forensic medical exam and an interview that can be presented in court so there's less likelihood that the child has to go to court.”

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Aimee Van Tatenhove is a science reporter at UPR. She spends most of her time interviewing people doing interesting research in Utah and writing stories about wildlife, new technologies and local happenings. She is also a PhD student at Utah State University, studying white pelicans in the Great Salt Lake, so she thinks about birds a lot! She also loves fishing, skiing, baking, and gardening when she has a little free time.