Hyde Park girl donates savings to prevent child abuse
An 8-year-old girl is giving every penny she has to help
other children from being abused.
Tabitha donated all of the $21 in her piggy bank to the
Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Poughkeepsie.
“I think all kids should have a fun and safe childhood, and
not a childhood full of stress,” Tabitha says.
According to the CPCA, around 1,000 cases of child abuse
are reported each year in Dutchess County with a possible five times that many
More than 500 children came to the CPCA of Poughkeepsie in
2020, a big increase from the year before.
Executive Director of the Poughkeepsie CPCA Kim Haight says
the increase is likely due to the pandemic forcing children to be out of
school, and at home.
“Most importantly once someone learns the warning signs and
how to respond,” Haight says. “You may just save a child’s life.”
Tabitha’s grandparents also donated to the CPCA, which goes
to pay for training.