Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative (Blue Sunday) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with two goals: 1) Meet the needs the needs of abused children, 2) To raise awareness among the faith community through our annual National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children which is always the last Sunday of April which is child abuse prevention month.
Founder, Janet Magee serves as the executive director. Jamie Graham serves as assistant director. Nilda Paxman and Josie Silva serve as instructors.
Janet Magee, president/cofounder – Harlingen, Texas
Ron Corzine, vice president/cofounder – Ft. Worth, Texas
John Magee, treasurer/cofounder- Harlingen, Texas
Jamie Graham, secretary- Santa Rosa, Texas
- Our National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children has over 8 million participants.
- We provide free Happy Families materials to public schools, doctors’ offices, and day care centers.
- We host the Blue Sunday Monthly Brown Bag Lunch for children’s workers.
- We provide emergency groceries and rent for families rebuilding their lives.
- We provide cribs, car seats and highchairs for babies receiving service from Child Protective Services.
- We help maintain family visitation rooms for the purpose of family reunification.
- We host a regional foster teen graduation party along with Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services.
- We provide prom dresses for foster teens attending their first prom.
- Our Sibling Revelry project brings foster children together with their siblings who are not housed together.
- Our Brighter Christmas for Foster Kids Campaign includes foster teens gift cards, foster family Christmas parties, and the Adopt a Kinship Care Family project. For many foster children our events are the only time they will see their siblings during the holidays.
- We provide two weekly Ace Overcomers programs for at-risk teens.
- We host a free WINGS program that helps victims overcome adverse childhood experiences.
- We co-sponsor the Annual Seminar in Forensic Sciences along with C.A.P.E (Child Abuse Prevention Education), and Valley Baptist Medical Center.
- Our Kinship Care Program helps children remain out of foster care by helping extended family members to step in as caretakers. We provide emergency items and transportation as needed.
OUR PRAYER & CHALLENGE
Lord, thank You for our children,
For them we kneel and pray.
Help us teach them of Your kindness,
Of Your mercy and Your way.
Help us show them of Your love,
Your strength and safety, too.
Help us show them who You are.
Help us treat them like You do.
Let’s pray, educate ourselves,
and volunteer for the children
of our nation until black and blue
are just colors in their crayon box.
"Pebble in my shoe"
What We Do
Blue Sunday has been helping children since 1994.
Why is it called Blue Sunday?
Blue is the accepted “memorial ribbon” color for honoring the victims of child abuse.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
We chose the last Sunday in April to be called Blue Sunday.
How to ask your church to participate:
Keep it simple and to the point.
Share your heart for abused children with your pastor.
Offer to take care of registering your church with us.
All we need is the church name, your email address and approximate number of attendees.
Over 1600 children die annually as victims of child abuse
Most were under the age of 3
Most were victims of neglect
Most were boys
Most deaths were caused by family members
6 million children become NEW victims of abuse annually
Two-thirds of those in drug treatment reported being abused as a child
80% of the prison population were once in foster care
Within one year of aging out of foster care 66% will be homeless, in jail or die
Some churches invite agencies to set up information booths. CASA and Children’s Advocacy Centers are two great groups to invite to your church. There are many other local agencies who would welcome the opportunity to set up an information table. Don’t forget these agencies would appreciate being prayed for as well. You could also invite your state run child abuse prevention agencies to attend and pray for them.
Faith Community + Child Abuse Prevention Agencies = better outcomes for abused children!
Blue Sunday Fundraising Policy Please contact us about fundraising efforts done in conjunction with Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children. Contact us at 956-299-0564
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