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Snow Business Club commits to raise funds for Ephraim Children’s Center

Snow College Business Club members and JoAnn Otten, chairwoman of the Children’s Justice Center board, have launched a campaign to help the families in need this holiday season.
Snow College Business Club members and JoAnn Otten, chairwoman of the Children’s Justice Center board, have launched a campaign to help the families in need this holiday season.
Snow Business Club commits to raise funds for Ephraim Children’s Center

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

10-13-2016

 

The Snow College Business Club has chosen to collect donations for the Ephraim Children’s Justice Center for this year’s service project and one club member says she has a personal motive behind the cause.

Business Club Vice President Kimi Bailey, 19, of Ogden told the Messenger she suffered from mental and physical abuse as a child and found refuge in her local Children’s Justice Center. She said the center was the staging ground for her recovery as it put her and her family through the extensive therapy needed to overcome the abuse.

Bailey says therapists go to great lengths to make victims feel safe when sharing their story and knows how difficult it can be to open up and talk about such tragic events, but in doing so, she was able to release unnecessary emotional distress.

“I learned I wasn’t alone and I would always have help,” she said. “It took me a long time to realize that it was not my fault and I shouldn’t have to take the blame for what my dad did.”

Bailey, who is majoring in social work, moved to Ephraim to attend Snow and said once she found out there was a Children’s Justice Center in Ephraim, she knew she found the perfect opportunity to give back.

The club launched their project on Oct. 3, and is asking the community to help them collect as many items as possible by Oct. 28.

Items needed are all types of school supplies, including backpacks. Bailey says centers are always in need of personal hygiene products, snacks, stuffed animals and blankets, but monetary donations are always appreciated.

Club members are also asking for donated Halloween costumes to help children celebrate the holiday as their peers do.

Donations of any kind are being accepted at every city hall and school in the county, in addition to a location at the Snow College Business Building on 151 S. Main St., behind Jorgensen’s Chevrolet.

The Children’s Justice Center is a facility with a home-like atmosphere, used to help families and children who have been exposed to significant mental, physical or sexual abuse. Facilities have been designed to help children feel safe and reduce the trauma that comes with investigation process.

For more information on how to contribute, contact the Snow College Business Department at 435-283-7000.