A group of people wearing blue with a mission: walking for a cause and fighting against child abuse.
“Child abuse is abuse, neglect, and dependency on behalf of a caretaker or parent,” said the Child Welfare Supervisor, Monica Daniels.
Pitt County Social Services carried signs wearing the prevention color to simply catch attention and spread awareness.
“Just help people understand that it’s an issue that can occur anywhere and that everybody can chip in and be aware of what’s going on,” said a Children Welfare Foster Care worker, Kristal Gauthier.
“We ask people to call in reports and ask when something is abuse and neglect on behalf of their child is going on in the community,” said Daniels.
After marching back up the hill to the county office building there was one last thing they had to do.
Standup to the purpose of planting blue pinwheels and represent every child who deserves a great childhood.
“We want kids to be children,” said Daniels. “We want them to be happy and we don’t want their childhood memories to be that of abuse and neglect. We want it to be them playing in the sun and having fun all the time.”
And that happiness can come from your help.
“You just have to keep your eyes open and look for the signs of it,” said Gauthier.
And although it may be easier said than done, community support is what the kids need.
“When it gets to the end of that process, we really have made a huge change and impact on that child’s life,” said Gauthier.