Light of Hope Ceremony
Friday, April 1, 2021
Thank you to everyone who joined us Friday, April 1 to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a fun, family friendly evening at Wessendorff Park in Richmond complete with a movie, t-shirts, and activities for the whole family. Board President Nancy Olson welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. Child Advocates of Fort Bend Community Outreach Coordinator Lindsey Castellanos shared some child abuse statistics and prevention tips and Richmond Mayor Becky Haas read a proclamation from the City of Richmond.
Our Volunteer Council, Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Exchange Club of Fort Bend, Aguirre & Fields, ARTreach, Kustom Cyclez, BACA – Gulf Coast Chapter and Richmond Rotary had tables and activities for families to enjoy. At 8pm – everyone settled down for a showing of Peter Rabbit 2 courtesy of the City of Richmond.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is. . . Child Abuse Prevention Month
You can get involved by attending Light of Hope, wearing a blue ribbon this month, tying blue ribbons around the trees in your yard, participating in Wear Blue Day, joining us for a Voices For Children Tour to learn more about us and the work that we do or making a donation to support our programs.
Friday, April 1st – Wear Blue Day
Join us in wearing blue to remember child victims. Take a photo of yourself and your friends/family in your blue and post it on social media. Make sure to tag us and add the hashtag #WearBlueDay2022
The Story of the Blue Ribbon
The blue ribbon is the symbol of child abuse and originates from the story of a little boy who was a victim of child abuse. In spring 1989, Bonnie Finney, a Virginia grandmother received the devastating news that her beloved grandson had died of injuries inflicted by his parents. In an expression of her grief and outrage, she tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van as a way to remember “the bruised and battered body of her grandson” and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. Her simple idea, to wear or display a blue ribbon to show support for child abuse prevention was picked up by grassroots organizations across the country.
The blue ribbon serves as a constant reminder to fight for protection for our children. Please wear a blue ribbon. Put one on your car. Give one to your friends and tell them what it means. You may save a child’s life!
CAFB adheres to a strict Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse Policy in our practices and operations.