Sunday, December 14, 2008

MSPCC - Holiday Auction

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can". Sydney Smith

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

"None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped us",
Thurgood Marshall

I recieved this email from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - MSPCC - and am posting this request on my BLOG - any bit helps!


...and just 8 days left to make a difference for a family in need!

Our holiday auction closes at 1:00 pm on December 19th. Click on the image below to avoid the holiday rush and bid on some amazing items!

A Season of Giving…

All year, MSPCC works with parents to ensure that children are safe, healthy and ready to learn. During the holiday season, our families turn to us to help them bring holiday cheer to their children.

And we are turning to you...

MSPCC is hoping you will help give children and families a happy holiday. This year is particularly difficult as our families struggle to put food on the table and to heat their homes. There is very little left over for holiday gifts.

As you enjoy the season of giving, please take a moment to make a difference in the lives of children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect.

There are lots of ways to give that are convenient and easy...

You be Santa! Give a child a gift from his/her Wish List.

Bid on the MSPCC Holiday On-line Auction featuring THE gift for the sports fan in your life. Click here.

Donate to MSPCC as part of our annual appeal. All donations, big and small, are sincerely appreciated. Click here

We know that many organizations are asking for your support and we thank you for supporting MSPCC during these times.

On behalf of MSPCC staff and the children and families we serve, our best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
99 Summer Street Boston, MA 02110 617.587.1500
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Children's Champion Advocacy Network, (CCAN) is a statewide network of volunteers recruited to join MSPCC's advocacy efforts for passage of legislation and adoption of policy that promote the well-being of children and families.

Anyone Can Join
CCAN members come from all walks of life and across Massachusetts. Some are CEOs, some are stay-at-home parents, some are college students, and some are even elected officials!
It Does Not Take Much Of Your Time
CCAN members lend their voices when needed. You might be called upon to quickly contact your representatives and senators or the governor concerning a bill or budget amendment. Or you might be invited to attend a breakfast in your area to meet your legislators, or attend a meeting or ceremony at the State House. CCAN is a perfect opportunity for those who wish to volunteer but may have limited time to devote.

How You Can Be Involved
Mostly, you'll be asked to write, email or call your legislators. We can also identify opportunities for you to meet your elected officials. We will keep you informed on policy initiatives and advocacy via emails and this website.

Children are voiceless constituents. We have to speak for them. Sometimes, just a handful of calls, letters or emails from constituents to a legislator can make the difference.

Join CCAN Now!

Child Abuse

Child abuse is the blanket term for four types of child mistreatment: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. In many cases children are the victims of more than one type of abuse. The abusers can be parents or other family members, caretakers such as teachers and babysitters, acquaintances (including other children), and (in rare instances) strangers.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

From: A Dictionary of British History Date: 2004 Author: JOHN CANNON © A Dictionary of British History 2004, originally published by Oxford University Press 2004. (Hide copyright information) Copyright information

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Despite late 18th‐cent. humanitarianism and philanthropy, there was scant concern about neglect and abuse of children before 1870. Pioneer work in America observed by the Liverpool banker Thomas Agnew (1881) led to the formation of several provincial societies for the prevention of child cruelty 1883–5. The London society amalgamated with some provincial counterparts to form the NSPCC (1889).

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