People are encouraged to plant blue pinwheels in their yard to raise awareness of and help stop child abuse.
ODESSA, Texas — April is Child Abuse Awareness month, and Odessa marked the start of the month with sirens Friday morning.
First responders sounded off their alarms at 10:40 a.m. in front of the Ector County Courthouse.
Official proclamations were made by Ector County Judge Debi Hays and Odessa Mayor Javier Joven.
Members of law enforcement and first responders were on hand as well, including Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis and Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke.
“In Odessa we saw 580 children come through our doors at Harmony Home last year, 13% increase from the previous year,” said Carrie Bronaugh, Executive Director of Harmony Home. “We know it’s very prevalent, and we want to make sure it ends because it absolutely is 100% preventable.”
Community members are encouraged to plant blue pinwheels in their yards throughout the month of April.
The blue pinwheel represents innocence and serves as a national symbol for child abuse prevention.
To learn more about Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center and its mission, you can click or tap here.
Thank you to all of our First Responders and everyone who had an alarm or siren go off at 10:40 this morning to help us kick off Child Abuse Awareness month! If you want to learn more about how you can help prevent child abuse visit HHCAC.org or email email@example.com
Posted by Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center on Friday, April 1, 2022