Proceeds from this holiday-inspired treat will support critical services provided to children and families

November 14, 2022 – BestSelf Behavioral Health, the largest community-based behavioral health organization in WNY, has partnered with Park Edge Sweet Shoppe for its third annual Warm Hearts promotion to benefit the Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf (CAC). This holiday season Park Edge will feature Hot Chocolate Candy Bars, milk chocolate with toffee and marshmallows or milk chocolate with peppermint for $4.49, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the CAC.

“We are excited to once again partner with Park Edge to bring a unique chocolate treat to Western New York. Over the last two years Warm Hearts raised more than $9,000 for the Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf and helped to create awareness of the essential services provided by the CAC team,” said Elizabeth Woike-Ganga LCSW-R, President, and Chief Executive Officer of BestSelf Behavioral Health. “Funds raised by this holiday promotion will support the much-needed expansion of services at the CAC as currently we are only able to see less than 1/3 of the children who need our help.”

The Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf (CAC) is an innovative, comprehensive center offering safety, support, and healing for children and families affected by sexual abuse, violence, and trauma in Erie County. When children are not taken to the CAC, they are questioned in multiple locations, re-traumatizing them when they have to repeat their experiences. With this expansion, children in need will only have to tell their story once, under one roof, because of CAC partners. The CAC will be co-located with Erie County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team, (MDT), which has representation from law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical professionals, mental health, victim advocacy, and provides comprehensive services in a child- friendly setting. Erie County has some of the highest rates for reported child abuse in New York State – more than 5,000 reported cases annually.

The Hot Chocolate Candy Bars are available for pre-order at Park Edge Sweet Shoppe, 325 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. You may also pre-order by calling 716.824-0228. You can also visit their website, One dollar of each sale will be donated directly to the Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf.