Community displays over 1,000 pinwheels for child abuse awareness

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GREENE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Driving across the Miami Valley, blue pinwheels can be seen blowing in the wind and shining in the sun, but their purpose is more than just decoration.

It signifies how bright the future can be for children during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“On the one hand, it represents innocence which is how a child’s life should be in the absence of any abuse or neglect,” said Monica Schiffler, the public relations specialist for Greene County Children’s Services. “On the other hand, each pinwheel for us also represents a person who has spoken up on behalf of child abuse or neglect in Greene County in the past year.” 

If you were to count, there is 1,083 blue pinwheels blowing in the wind, each one showing the impact just one voice can have for Greene County children.

“To remind people what they can do about it and prevent it, what to do, how to report it if they do suspect a case of child abuse or neglect,” said Schiffler.

Schiffler said it is a community effort.

Throughout the county, they have pinwheel partners, companies who have smaller pinwheel displays.

And she said there is still time this month to show your passion for prevention.

“Next Wednesday, (April 10th), also in honor of child abuse prevention month, is ‘Ohio wears blue day’ where everyone is encouraged to wear blue to bring awareness to child abuse prevention,” said Schiffler.

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