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Kalin’s Center focuses on April as Child Abuse Month
Houston County Courier - March 2009
Kalin’s Center focuses on April as Child Abuse Month By Crystal Rhone Staff Writer Reporter2@houstoncountycourier.com April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Kalin’s Center with Houston and Trinity County Child Welfare Boards encour-age community and individual involvement in recognizing and preventing child abuse this month and all year long. Kalin’s Center will place 380 pinwheels symbolizing abused children in Houston and Trinity Counties in special ceremonies at the respective courthouse. Kalin’s Center will place 189 pinwheels at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 in front of the eastside of the Houston County Courthouse and pass out blue ribbons. The blue ribbons symbolizes the bruises suffered by abused children. Since 1989, the blue ribbon has become widely rec-ognized as a national symbol of child abuse awareness and prevention. On Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m. across from the Trinity County Courthouse and Hwy. 94 they will place 191 pin-wheels. Several local restaurants and businesses have joined with the Kalin’s Center during the month of April in observance and awareness of child abuse. The restaurants will honor-ing Kalin’s Center staff, board of directors, local law en-forcement, prosecutors and mental health providers that work every day to help prevent or stop child abuse in the community with a dinner to say thank you on Monday, April 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. For more information call Debbie McCall at 545-9455. Area restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to Kalin’s Center during April. The following is a schedule: On Wednesday, April 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Moose-head Café will donate 25 per-cent. Monday, April 6 from 10:30 – 3 p.m. Don Rafa’s Tex Mex will donate 15 percent. Tuesday, April 7 from 3 p.m. until closing, Fowlers will do-nate 10 percent. Wednesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lees’s China Inn will donate five percent. Thursday, April 9 all day, Classic Catfish will have a do-nation box. Monday, April 13 during lunch Betty Boop will donate 25 percent. Tuesday, April 14 from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rosemary’s Hill-top Kitchen will donate 15 percent. Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. China Buf-fett will donate eight percent Thursday, April 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tchoupitoulas. Friday, April 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Community Care Center of Crockett will donate 100 percent of their brown bag lunch. Tuesday, April 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Los Ranchos will donate 10 percent. Wednesday, April 29 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunrise Health Food Store will have a donation box. “April is a time to celebrate the important role that com-munities play in protecting children,” said HTCCAC-Kalin’s Center Executive Di-rector Debbie McCall. “Eve-ryone’s participation is critical. This month and throughout the year, Kalin’s Center en-courages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Houston and Trinity County a better place for fami-lies. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening fami-lies and communities. There will be several events taking place throughout the month. After the placing of pin-wheels in front of the court-house, everyone invited to at-tend lunch at the Moosehead Café. They will be donating a per-centage of their intake for lunch to Kalin’s Center. Kalin’s Center is asking the public to tie blue ribbons on automobiles or trees or a door as a symbol of commitment in “the battle to prevent child abuse.” According to Ms. McCall “Before the end of today, over 2,700 children will die or suf-fer from being abused.” Also, National statistics show three children will die from being abused and at least one of them be a baby less than a year old and two of them have not yet celebrated their fifth birthdays; 510 chil-dren will be physically abused and 270 children will be sexu-ally abused.