I am reminded time and again how little we can achieve on our own, and how reliant we are on people with large hearts to help us in our mission of supporting cops who rescue kids from sexual abuse.Â Recently we’ve gotten large donations – one from the Fresno Regional Foundation to fund mobile forensic units for Fresno Parole agents who had no other way to check sex offender computers for child sexual abuse images, another from a Foundation in Kansas who was willing to make sure that the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children task force has the tools it needs to teach small agencies throughout the state how to find and catch child sex predators.Â We are incredibly grateful to these foundations for their significant investments into keeping their local children safe.
But even small donations which go to help Innocent Justice keep operating mean so much to us and go a long, long way.Â Tuesday we had our annual fundraising event, this year hosted by the Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas, California.Â Forty people joined us to enjoy great food, great wine, and to honor the local heroes – San Diego ICAC Commander Chuck Arnold, and Deputy District Attorney Jeff Dort – who have sacrificed much over the years to take dozens of bad guys who would hurt kids out of our communities.
We rely upon the love and the support every one of our supporters give – whether it be listing items for sale on Ebay and donating the proceeds to us, volunteering time at an event, donating and/or selling t-shirts or sweatshirts, serving on our board, or giving us the cold cash we need to do our work.
As we start our third year of operations, we are hearing the stories of the children rescued by law enforcement due to the software, training, and equipment funded by our donors.Â For every donor, large or small, your investment of love, support, and money is leading to the ultimate success – children who will never know the pain and agony of sexual abuse.
In deepest gratitude,
Heather Steele, President & CEO