29 April 2010
James M. Barrie Center in Etowah County received the 4th Wii gaming system during Beasley Allen Law Firm “Wii Give Back!” campaign
MONTGOMERY, ALA. (April 29, 2010) – Beasley Allen Law Firm presented the James M. Barrie Center in Etowah County, Ala., as the recipient of the fourth gaming system it will give away in its year long “Wii Give Back!” campaign. The Barrie Center is a member of the Alabama Network of Child Advocacy Centers. The Wii is becoming a popular therapeutic tool, useful in both physical therapy and rehabilitation and in working with young people facing crisis situations by providing caregivers with a tool to comfort and engage children.
“The children that are served at our center will benefit having the Wii console to occupy their time while here. The Wii will help the child feel at ease before being interviewed concerning abuse allegations” said Leyla Padgett, interim Director of the James M. Barrie Center.
The Barrie Center eases the trauma for children reported as victims of sexual and severe physical abuse. This is done by providing a home-like atmosphere and reducing the number of interviews during the investigative and referral process, which is completed by a “multi-disciplinary” team approach.
“The Wii Give Back program should be a great help to the Barrie Center in their work with children at a time of crisis,” said Tom Methvin, Beasley Allen managing shareholder. “It is a tragedy when a child is forced to face such a horrible circumstance as abuse. We hope the Wii will help make ministering to these kids a bit easier.”
Beasley Allen established the Wii Give Back campaign after donating two Wii gaming systems to rehabilitation programs in Alabama last fall. The effort was so well-received that Beasley Allen expanded the program to provide a Wii gaming system to a deserving Alabama charity each month in 2010.
Past recipients of Wii systems in 2009 and 2010 include the Jimmie Hale Mission, Harriet’s House, Camp ASCCA, Brantwood Children’s Home and Common Ground Montgomery.
Charities from throughout the state, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Dothan are eligible for the Wii Give Back program. Nominations will be accepted throughout the year on the firm’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/beasleyallen) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: Featured with Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Helen Taylor is Tishia Heaton, Family Advocate, The James M. Barrie Center.
About the James M. Barrie Center
The Barrie Center is a non-profit organization that relies solely on grants and donations for operation. The Center is funded from ADECA, ANCAC, the United Way, CDBG and several local grants. Services offered in a safe, non-institutional atmosphere are child abuse forensic interviews, counseling / Forensic Evaluations, multi-disciplinary team reviews, referrals for medical examinations, a community resource library, resource consultation, community awareness, training for professionals working in the area of child abuse, and support and advocacy through final disposition of criminal cases. In 2009, the Barrie Center interviewed 263 children and served 589 families in Etowah County.
About Beasley Allen Law Firm
Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Beasley Allen is comprised of 44 attorneys and 200 support staff. Beasley Allen is a proud sponsor of many great charities and has donated over $1 million in the past three years. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at www.beasleyallen.com.
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