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Bladen County Celebrates National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

The Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Department of Social Services wish to invite the public to attend their collaborative annual event to promote child safety. Kid Appreciation and Child Abuse Awareness on Saturday April, 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event will begin with the community Child Abuse Awareness Walk. Participants will meet on the courthouse lawn at 10:45 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. begin the walk through downtown to the Town Hall/ Police Department where activities for children, free entertainment and food will be available for purchase. Representatives from agencies that serve children and families will be on site for community education. Programming will include the annual balloon release in memory of children that have lost their lives as a result of abuse.

This is truly a community event with numerous businesses providing financial support and prizes for the occasion. Activities for the children include bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, finger painting, free games and the annual Home Run Derby and Basketball Shootout competitions. A drawing will also be held for a bicycle and helmet give away to several lucky kids! T-shirts will also be available for sale.

Come out and bring the kids for a fun and educational day! For more information or inquiries regarding how you can help, contact Ms. Ellen Bennett at the Elizabethtown Police Department 862-3125 or Ms. Jill Sampson/Janet Miller at Bladen County Department of Social Services, 862-6800.  This information was found in the Bladen County Newsletter.

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