SAN ANTONIO “Gun incidents involving children are on the rise, and some nonprofits are feeling the impact.
The Children’s Care Center in South Texas is seeing a record number of children in need of care.
Marian Sokol, executive director of the Children’s Care Center, says that on average they work with more than 2,500 child survivors each year.
“We just have to do more; we don’t want more children. We don’t need more clients here at the Relatives Assistance Center, where we are having a hard time,” Sokol said.
She explained that crime plays a constant role in her work.
“So many murders, drive-by shootings. I was talking to a group of parents of murdered children just two weeks ago, thinking that there could be no more cases like this. It’s too terrible,” Sokol said.
Lori Rocha is a volunteer and advocate for the parents of murdered children. Almost seven years ago, she lost her son in a traffic accident.
She says the recent shooting that killed a 2-year-old girl on Monday is heartbreaking, and she understands the pain felt by all those affected by this loss.
“It could happen anywhere. It happened here. It’s happening there. It happens everywhere. There are no more borders. These people with a killer mentality, handling weapons, are everywhere,” Rocha said.
Maritza Wong, a mother of two and a volunteer at the nonprofit Moms Demand Action, says that until the right laws are passed in Texas, crimes that kill innocent people will continue.
“What scares me is that today’s kids are noticing that there’s no getting away from it, whether it’s at home, in a public place or at school. It’s scary to think that our children can see their normal world,” Wong said.
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