Did you know that poverty, a risk factor for child maltreatment, affects children in the Rio Grande Valley at nearly double the rate of children across Texas? According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a staggering 43% of children in the Rio Grande Valley live in poverty- compared to approximately
To address this crisis, the Junior League of McAllen’s 2017-2018 Provisional Class is pleased to announce the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI). The LBDI is a weeklong social advocacy campaign during which our members will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to bring awareness to the lack of choices and limited opportunities faced by those living in poverty and struggling with neglect.
The LBDI campaign will run during National Child Abuse Prevention Month from April 2 - 8, and will culminate with a wrap party on April 8 from 4 - 7 p.m. at The Reserve at Social in Edinburg. All monies raised from donations, wrap party ticket sales, and bucket raffles will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County.