One of the fundraising initiatives for the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is Buy a Bear. Residents and businesses can support children who are victims of abuse by participating in the program.
Focusing on protecting children, CAC serves victims of severe abuse through prevention, education and intervention.
Coffee County continues to have one of the highest rates of reported abuse in Tennessee, according to CAC Executive Director Joyce Prusak.
Every year, several community businesses sell paper bear cutouts as part of the Buy a Bear campaign, said Prusak.
All proceeds from the fundraiser go to supporting CAC and the programs for children and families that have experienced abuse and to help to develop the prevention programs hosted by the center.
Prusak thanked the community for supporting the program.
“Traders Bank in Manchester sold 206 bears this year during our Buy a Bear campaign,” Prusak said.
The campaign raised nearly $1,800 for CAC this year, according to Prusak.