Local teen raises money, awareness for child abuse

Local teen raises money, awareness for child abuse

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 7:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local teen believes it's her turn to give back.

She's calling attention to an issue she says too many people just don't notice.

Bailey Brooks, 16, is a sophomore at North Mecklenburg High School.  She’s had a wonderful childhood so far and is passionate about those who have not been as fortunate.

“I just want people to notice that children are abused and if they see it or hear about it to report it because no child should be left behind and no child should suffer," Brooks said.

After a summer of headlines involving Caylee Anthony and locally the story of a 10-year-old girl who was murdered, Bailey decided this would be the issue she'd tackle for a class assignment.  She created a video and then decided to start selling $10 t-shirts calling on people to do one thing.

“Every shirt comes with a tag and it has the number of the social service that is in that county. There's Mecklenburg, there's Union and all the counties around us,” she said.

Her efforts have paid off, and her classmates are more aware.

“They all want to help because no one knew that there are 127,000 abused children in North Carolina.  No one knows there are 13,000 abused children in Mecklenburg County.”
 
Her shirts are selling well.  Thanks to the internet she's even sold some to people in London and Brazil.

“I didn't think it was going to get this far. I was planning on just selling around the school, just getting my school to notice.  I didn't think the world would start noticing, let alone different counties, different places like that.”

Brooks has sold $800 worth of gear thus far, and the business that prints the t-shirts donates them so 100 percent of the money from the sale of the buttons and t-shirts goes to Teen Health Connection and The Council for Children.
 
For more information, check out Brooks’ website here.
 

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