updated 10/4/2010 11:16:44 AM ET 2010-10-04T15:16:44

ORANGE, Calif., Oct. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, a Southern California charity organization committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families, today announced the second annual 'Gimme Five for the Kids' fundraising campaign is now under way on Facebook and other social media outlets. Gimme Five is an affordable and transparent way for friends of children and their networks to quickly and effectively help break multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect. Canyon Acres' public Facebook page is accessible at www.facebook.com/pages/Canyon-Acres/374356024567 .

Funds raised through the campaign support needs like:

  1. Emergency counseling
  2. Clothing
  3. Food for families
  4. Safe homes
  5. Finding Forever Families

"Gimme Five is a great way to reach millions of friends of children looking for simple and easy ways to help," said Tim Bauer, Vice President of Development for Canyon Acres. "By donating $5 or more and then encouraging friends to do the same via social media outreach, supporters quickly demonstrate their joint power to restore hope, care and love to the children and families who need it most."

Supporters also can make donations via the Canyon Acres web site ( www.canyonacres.org ), by phone (714-383-9332), by mail (1845 W. Orangewood Ave., Ste. 300, Orange, CA 92868) or in person.

Canyon Acres has served Southern California children and families since 1980. The agency's reputation is built on breakthrough programs such as Wraparound and Creating Family Connections (CFC). Wraparound literally helps struggling and at-risk families become "wrapped" by a team of professionals and supportive services, ensuring all children are provided the opportunity to live in safe, stable and healthy homes. CFC searches for and engages long-lost family members of children who otherwise have none, offering a connection that gives children a sense of belonging and hope. CFC finds an average of 12 new family members per child and, since its inception, has helped more than 250 children make over 1600 family connections.

For more information, please visit www.canyonacres.org or call (714) 383-9335.


Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families. Since 1980, Canyon Acres has been serving children throughout Southern California, providing the highest level of care and therapeutic treatment to children who suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. Canyon Acres gives children the nurturing, treatment and opportunities they need to grow up in safe, loving, and stable families. For more information about Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, contact Bock Communications at + 1-714-540-1030 or canyonacres@bockpr.com or visit the Canyon Acres Children and Family Services web site at www.canyonacres.org .

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