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Texas Association of Professionals FCU Promotes Awareness for ChildSafe Cardboard Kids
Friday, April 13, 2018 6:40 AM

Texas Professionals Association
Seated in front (left to right) is Texas Professionals Association President/CEO Paula Grigsby and VP of Technology and Compliance Daniel Cruhm. Standing (left to right) are staffers Stephanie Ibarra, real estate operations, sales and service supervisor; Priscilla Reyes, real estate loan specialist/MLO; Kathleen Anderberg, real estate loan processor; Carmen Navarro, loan servicing; and Jennifer Lang, administrative assistant.

This year, Texas Associations of Professionals Federal Credit Union took part in Cardboard Kids SA, a child abuse prevention campaign for San Antonio and Bexar County. The campaign, which began in March, was hosted by ChildSafe to raise awareness for this incredibly urgent issue.

Cardboard Kids are 2-foot tall cardboard figures shaped like children that represent the thousands of children who are abused and neglected at the hands of adults each year. In 2017 alone, Bexas County confirmed 5,588 cases of child abuse and neglect. And while that number is staggering, it’s equally shocking to learn that only 1 in 10 sexually abused children ever make an outcry, meaning thousands more children in and around San Antonio are victims of abuse, typically by someone the child knows, loves, and trusts.

The staff of Texas Associations of Professionals FCU decorated two Kids, a girl named Annie and a boy named Carlos. They all pitched in ideas as to how and what each child should wear and be named. They also added a credit union twist by having each Kid hold money and a piggy bank. Annie features the credit union's custom-made Fiesta medal, and all of the proceeds for sale of the medal will be given to a charitable organization to be determined. Carlos features the Credit Union for Kids logo.


On April 5, "Reveal Day," thousands of cardboard Kids were displayed all over town so the city could show its support.

"We all enjoyed supporting and brining awareness to those we need it the most," said Bianca Rodriguez, compliance clerk with Texas Associations of Professionals FCU. "The Kids have been displayed all throughout our lobby and will most likely stay displayed in our lobby throughout the month of April."