LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Staff at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass say helping child abuse victims is a cause close to their heart and one that everyone can get involved with.

The organization helps children who have been sexually abused, they’ve recently added a new resource room called Kristin’s Closet, named after their longtime Program Director who passed away.

The room will hold needed items for abused children including toiletries, clothes, toys, and more. The staff said this is an issue impacting many children in the community so they’re hoping people will come forward and donate needed supplies to help kids in a time of crisis.

“Last year we ranked fifth in the country for reported cases of child abuse and the two years prior to that Kentucky was number one in the country, so we know abuse is a real problem in Kentucky. We see one thousand kids a year here and that’s scratching the surface. We want to be a place where children and their families can come to receive all the services that they need at no cost to them to ensure that they are able to live whole, happy, healthy, safe lives,” said Taylor Ballinger, Engagement Director at Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass

Here is a list of needed items to donate:

Kristin’s Closet (Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass)

Email Ballinger at taylor@kykids.org to arrange a time to drop off items at the center. Or, you can just drop them off at the center at 162 N. Ashland Ave, Lexington, KY 40502