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Pinwheel project raises awareness of child abuse

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:28 am

Representatives of Junior’s House and community leaders pause for a photo after planting a pinwheel garden in front of the Historic Moore County Courthouse. Each pinwheel planted in April represents 10 abused and neglected children served at Junior’s House.

Every day in our country 1,900 children are abused. Child abuse continues to be prevalent in our society with one in ten children being sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. Child abuse prevention and services are imperative in every community because, left untreated, child abuse is linked to higher rates of drug use, teen pregnancy, mental illness, and even shorter life spans. The economic impact to our society is significant. Providing free services to child abuse victims is indispensable in every community and Moore County has ensured that the children have a place to receive services. Each year a pinwheel garden is planted to represent the almost 500 children served each year due to allegations of abuse and neglect. Each pinwheel you see planted in front of the Moore County Courthouse in April represents 10 abused and neglected children we served at Junior’s House. Junior’s House, Inc., was established in 2003 in honor of a special little boy named Junior who tragically died as the result of child abuse. Since that time, Junior’s House has continued to expand, and thousands of child abuse victims have been served. Junior’s House offers services in Moore, Lincoln, Bedford, and Marshall Counties. Junior’s House needs everyone’s support to help the numerous victims seen each year. Every day new referrals come in and every day there is another family to help. Please plan to support Junior’s House! A good way to get involved is to participate in the Junior’s House annual Blue Ribbon Walk to honor Junior’s memory and raise awareness about child abuse. The walk is May 16, 2018 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Kickoff time is 9:30 a.m. Walker forms can be picked up at Junior’s House or on our Facebook page. Register by April 20 to receive a free t-shirt. Like them on Facebook for more information and updates about Junior’s House, Inc.

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