April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates Fort Bend, and Doug Earle, Exchange Club of Sugar Land “Blue Ribbon” Committee Chair, hope to engage the community in the fight against child abuse by inviting the public to “The Light of Hope” Child Abuse Awareness event.

Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates Fort Bend, and Doug Earle, Exchange Club of Sugar Land “Blue Ribbon” Committee Chair, hope to engage the community in the fight against child abuse by inviting the public to “The Light of Hope” Child Abuse Awareness event.

Anyone driving around Sugar Land may notice blue ribbons tied on trees.

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land is tying blue ribbons around trees to heighten awareness of child abuse in Fort Bend County. The blue color signifies the bruises found on abused children.

Child advocates and Exchange Club of Sugar Land are hosting the “The Light of Hope” ceremony in Sugar Land Town Square on Friday, April 1, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to heighten awareness of child abuse prevention. Blue ribbons and free T-shirts will be available. The ceremony will be followed by a free concert by the band Picture Book, featuring classic rock.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend provides a voice for abused and neglected children through their CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program. They also heal the hurt through counseling at the CAC (Child Advocacy Center). These programs are working to stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect. For more information please visit www.cafb.org.

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land also sponsors a “Blue Ribbon” school decorating contest. Students design indoor and outdoor displays to emphasize the fact that child abuse does happen here in our own community and needs to stop. For more information, visit www.ecsl.org.

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