Children are a gift, and the late Gary Houck Jr. realized this when he began The Kids Trust in 2005 shortly before he passed away. Houck, who was director of operations for Houck Services Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., formed the charity to help abused children grow up in safe, happy and exciting environments.
Each June, the trust grants money to agencies in central Pennsylvania that address child welfare.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 3.3 million cases of child abuse involving 6 million children (reports can include multiple children) are reported in the U.S. every year. The U.S. has the worst child abuse record among industrialized nations—losing five children every day because of abuse-related deaths.
Child abuse includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, medical neglect and psychological maltreatment.