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Cintas latest to donate to Quinton's House

SUPPORT: Cintas employees were the latest group to donate to Quinton's House during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Employees of Cintas Uniform Services in Frankfort were among the latest to donate their money to Quinton's House Child Advocacy Center during National Child Abuse Prevention Week. Cintas employees presented a novelty check representing their donation of just over $450 to the center on Friday at Quinton's House.

“Anita Stewart (Cintas Human Resource Manager) used to be on our board,” said Denise Barney, executive director of Quinton's House. “There were five Cintas employees that came, and I showed them around Quinton's House and showed them what we do

“I think we opened a few eyes, as far as this stuff happens in Clinton County,” she added. “I think people put blinders on sometimes and think everything is OK. We have some amazing people who are working and making sure that our kids are safe.”

The Cintas donation adds to last week's donation from employees of the city of Frankfort and others in a month that is breaking fundraising records for Quinton's House.

“When I was looking over what we have done in the past, $1,500 was the all-time high,” Barney said. “I thought that is not enough. So, in my head, I made a goal of $5,000 for this year. That felt iffy, but we are already over $6,700 and we are still not done collecting. We have a few more places that have asked us to come by and pick up donations.

“I think it is awareness,” she added. “People are reaching out to me now, and it is just incredible. We have more than quadrupled our efforts in the past. Each day, I think 'What better things could happen?' And they do. It has been incredible. Next year, my goals are going to be even higher.”

Barney credits her Quinton's House volunteers for the best fundraising and awareness month the center has had.

“We could not do it without volunteers,” she said. “The nursing students are working at Quinton's House and learning about what we do, and a couple of them have already come back. We have a few standout (volunteers) this year. When I text them, they are there in 10 minutes asking what I need.”

Barney says that “every penny” of what has been collected stays in Clinton County.

“Our main funder is the state Department of Child Services, and they provide roughly 80 percent of our sustainability,” she said. “We have to find the rest of the money somewhere. So, donations from the community help fund us. We are a United Way agency, so they help fund us. It has to come from somewhere, or we will be closing our doors. I don't see that happening because this community has been amazing. It has been great.”