How buying oranges can help protect children from child abuse

This image with the Family Support Center logo overlaid over a stock image of oranges represents the center's annual orange fundraiser to raise funds to support the center's mission and services, location and date not specified | Logo courtesy of the Family Support Center, orange image from Pixabay, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Family Support Center has launched its annual orange fundraiser to raise money to continue to provide its services to Washington County families. Community members can purchase 40 pounds of navel oranges for $40 from now until Jan. 15. At just $1 per pound, participants not only help out a good cause but save money.

The Family Support Center is a nonprofit organization in St. George which opened its doors in 2009. The mission of the center is to protect children from child abuse and strengthen families by providing crisis and respite care to children from newborns to age 11 for families in need.

There is a tremendous need for this service in Washington County, said LaVelle Prince, the center’s executive director.

Crisis care

Crisis care through the family support center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Parents/guardians may bring their children in for up to 72 hours at times when they are feeling stressed and out of control, or when they need to deal with personal or family crisis/emergency situations, information from the center’s website said. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving jail time.
  • Birth of a sibling or medical emergencies.
  • Inpatient drug/alcohol detoxification.
  • Situations that may become dangerous for the child, including but not limited to family arguments, possible arrest of parent, mental health emergency or other reasons.

Respite care

According to the Family Support Center’s website, scheduled respite care can be requested up to three hours per week per family as scheduling allows. Respite care can be scheduled for almost any reason except work-related or school child care.

Examples of why a parent or guardian might schedule respite care include:

  • Therapy, support groups.
  • Drug, alcohol treatment and/or support.
  • Parenting classes.
  • Job interviews.
  • Shopping.
  • Doctor appointments.
  • Social Services appointments.
  • Court and/or attorney appointments.

In addition to crisis and respite care, the center also provides adoption respite, parental education, crisis counseling and other family resources.

The Family Support Center does not charge for any of its services nor are there any income qualifications, Prince said.

Approximately 80 percent of the operational funds for the Family Support Center come from government grants and the other 20 percent comes from corporate and private donations as well as from fundraisers like the annual orange fundraiser. The money raised will really help the center continue its ability to continue its services, Prince said.

Oranges can be purchased online or by calling 435-668-7270. The fundraiser will close Jan. 15 and oranges can be picked up Jan. 19-20. Those who purchase oranges will receive detailed information about where and when to pick up their oranges, Prince said.

Event details

  • What: Family Support Center annual orange fundraiser.
  • When: Now through Jan. 15.
  • Cost: $40 for 40 pounds of oranges.
  • Puchase oranges: Online or by calling 435-668-7270.
  • The Family Support Center website.


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  • ladybugavenger January 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    It’s all fine and dandy and really makes you b rlieve your helping until you look at what’s been going at “crick”

    • DRT January 4, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      How about cluing in those of us who really are clueless? What is “crick” and what is going on there?

      • ladybugavenger January 4, 2018 at 6:02 pm

        The crick= Hilldale and Colorado city=polygamist.

        Polygamy- the FLDS= many spiritual wives to one man, child labor, child spiritual brides, molestation, child sex abuse, and food stamp fraud all in the name of religion.

        Does that clear it up?

        • Real Life January 5, 2018 at 6:26 am

          You see Ladybug, DRT fits right in with the rest of the enablers around here who turn a blind eye to the pedophiles right in our back yard.

        • DRT January 5, 2018 at 6:42 am

          Absolutely. Must have had a brain fart there, duh.

  • Rob83 January 5, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I agree lady bug, the latest news report about an ex-pligimist taking those men to court for raping children, starting at the age of 8 and including an audience of other men and woman to watch the man in the act!? My heart is broken for those innocent children and they should all be removed from that cult!

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