He’s giving it all to smoke out child abuse

Published 10:46 pm Monday, April 22, 2019

One Brookhaven business owner is giving away 100 percent of his proceeds today to help prevent child abuse.

For the third straight year, Carl Craig is opening the doors of Magnolia Blues BBQ Company to close the gap in child abuse cases in Southwest Mississippi. April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

For “Smokin’ Out Child Abuse,” the restaurant at 505 W. Monticello St. is donating its proceeds from sales to the Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves victims of abuse and neglect from Lincoln, Pike, Amite, Walthall and Copiah counties.

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From 3 p.m. when the restaurant opens to 10 p.m. today dine-in and take out orders count toward their donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Craig’s wife, Anne Houston Craig, is a therapist with CAC who works in Brookhaven. The non-profit provides numerous services free of charge to victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. They conduct forensic interviews, provide therapy for victims and their families and advocate for victims and their families. The CAC also provides educational opportunities for local schools.

Craig and other therapists work with law enforcement, Department of Child Protective Services, prosecutors and attorneys to ensure that the children who need their services don’t fall through the cracks.

The organization relies on grants for funding, but fundraisers and donations allow them to add to their services.

The Craigs also support the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League in a similar fashion. They’ll hold “Barks and Brews” later in the year.