Supporting Bikers Against Child Abuse
Our community outreach project this last quarter was a donation drive for Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). BACA is an international organization that supports children who have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. BACA members assist when authorities swoop in and rescue children from their abusive households. BACA members provide a circle of security around the abused child/family. Their goal is to empower the abused child/family and help them to overcome fear.
When children are brought into the protective arms of BACA, members provide the children and their siblings with a stuffed animal for comfort and, a vest bearing the BACA patch to signify that they are part of the BACA family. Escapees and friends donated stuffed animals, denim vests and funding to this fantastic organization. After sharing BACA’s mission with my sister, who lives in Northern California, a box full of fluffy stuffed animals arrived at the office to help support BACA’s mission.
To give you an idea of the power of a stuffed animal for a child facing difficult times, Leslie Bailey, our Technical Writer, shared her story of living in Northridge during the 1994 earthquake. Based on research, Leslie created an earthquake kit that included a stuffed animal her toddler had never seen. When the earthquake struck, Leslie gave the multi-colored iguana to her two-year old to hug during the aftershocks (over 5,000 in the first few weeks). Her daughter, now in her mid-20s, still remembers the comfort and safety the iguana brought to her all those years ago.
Our support of BACA didn’t stop there, though! My Colorado co-ed softball team lent a helping hand by playing in a softball tournament that supports the BACA chapter of Fremont County, Colorado.
You can learn more about Biker’s Against Child Abuse by visiting their website. The video on the right side of their homepage explains how BACA was founded and details the incredible support this organization provides to children.