Pinwheels bring light to child abuse during prevention month

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – If a picture’s worth a thousand words, a pinwheel’s worth a thousand giggles… a thousand smiles… a thousand childhoods.

“Every child has the right to have a whimsical, free spirited childhood so he or she may grow up to his or her full potential,” explains Michigan Children’s Trust Fund local council coordinator, Emily Schuster-Wachsberger.

She pinwheels represent that joy. And today’s eight annual child abuse awareness rally celebrates the work state-wide to make happy childhoods a reality.

“We recognize that one person, one organization, one kind of a strategy at the community level can make meaningful differences for children and families,” says the trust fund’s executive director, Michael Foley.

He adds that although the effort should be celebrated, prevention is still a work in progress.

“There are issues of poverty… there are issues of domestic violence and substance abuse. And we just have to stand up and do a better job to support families wherever they are and whatever their challenges are.”

Organizers say the power of one can make all the difference.

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