Matthews Children’s Foundation

Matthew 2020The Matthews Children’s Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center for child abuse prevention efforts. Stephen Murden of Wise Funeral Home wrote the required letter of recommendation to go with the Children’s Center’s application and he was happy to be the one to present the donation check.

“We are grateful for the continued generosity of Matthews Children’s Foundation and for Stephen Murden’s help and support in making this possible,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This gift will strengthen our ability to prevent child abuse in our community.”

This donation, combined with generous gifts from the Glaser Family Charitable Foundation and the MW and Fair Miller Foundation, has helped the center purchase a new curriculum and supplies for child abuse prevention efforts with children and youth. The curriculum developed by the Women’s Center of Tarrant County is called Play It Safe.

Play it Safe is a child abuse awareness and prevention program that incorporates age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children how to reduce their risk of sexual and physical abuse. It teaches them to recognize potentially abusive behavior, provides the tools to respond to threatening situations, and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult. It is an evidence-informed, age-appropriate risk reduction program for Pre-K through high school age students. Each grade level’s interactive curriculum speaks to children in a way that they can best learn and respond.

A more detailed list of what each class covers is available on the center’s website at The Children’s Center’s staff are available to travel to local schools, churches and day cares to teach the classes. To schedule, contact Andrea Lappin at (903) 583-4339 or

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