By Sara Kirkley, Weekend Anchor / Reporter - email
A local non-profit says getting funds fast is crucial as the number of cases they handle continues to rise.
More funds were raised for the Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center Saturday in Grand Island.
Every time someone got behind the wheel for a test drive, Anderson Ford and Valentino's donated $25 to the center, which conducts interviews and exams of kids involved in abuse cases.
They hoped to raise $6,000 during the event.
CAC Executive Director Brady Kerkman said their cases have tripled in the past three months.
"It's about $1,000 a case, a child that we see, so February was $36,000. In March we had 26 cases. That was $26,000 and that's on top of even the cost of the services we provide," said Kerkman.
Helping out the cause, one man drove all the way from central Iowa Saturday to buy one of the cars that was supposed to be part of the test drive and donate $1,500 to the center.
"I had two of them located, pretty much the same car, and then talked to the guys here [at Anderson Ford]," said Andrew Petersen, of Ankeny, Iowa. "They were interested in doing something, giving back to charity too as part of the purchase too, so I think that just sweetened the deal and I decided to come out here and get it."
April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Kerkman encourages everyone to report abuse when they see it.