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LeBlanc's Food Store kicks-off April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Child Advocacy Services will celebrate the hope for children in our community through advocacy, education, awareness and prevention resources through community support of the Blue Ribbon Campaign. In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died because of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country; many people wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died because of child abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse.

Each year Child Advocacy Services distributes hundreds of blue ribbons in support of children and families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Child Advocacy Services is excited to once again partner with LeBlanc's Food Stores for the Blue Ribbon Campaign. LeBlanc's participation in Blue Ribbon Campaign encompasses eight of Child Advocacy Service's 10 parish service areas. LeBlanc's South Airline Highway Store Manager Gene Lockhart and his LeBlanc staff played a significant role in making last year's campaign a tremendous success. The blue ribbon is a positive symbol of one's need to do their best when it comes to children and families. Regardless of the type of activity, the focus has shifted to a positive message of supporting families and strengthening communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. Do your part today by picking up your Blue Ribbon at LeBlanc's Food Stores.

"April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children," said Donna Bliss Director of Community Outreach, Child Advocacy Services. "Everyone can become a powerful voice for a child by visiting Mr. Lockhart & staff at LeBlanc's Food Stores and receive vital information regarding abuse prevention as well as contributing to the overall success of Blue Ribbon by making a $1 donation through the purchase of a Blue Ribbon card. Focusing on ways to promote abuse prevention, in every interaction with families, is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect."

During the month of April and throughout the year by working together as a community, we all can play a part in strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. Child Advocacy Services is dedicated to supporting families to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. Find out more about how you can play a part and help create positive change in our community.

Contact Donna Bliss at 1-800-798-1575 or go to www.childadv.net for more information regarding activities that you can participate in to promote awareness in your community. Ask about the next Darkness to Light Stewards of Children's training and how you can register for a class.