Pinwheels in Downtown Lynchburg raise awareness for child abuse

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Blue pinwheels are spinning in the wind on the corner of 5th and Main Street in Downtown Lynchburg, each signifying a special meaning.

April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month and on April 2, several local organizations including CASA of Central Virginia joined together to plant 299 pinwheels in the “2024 Pinwheels for Prevention Garden.”

Organizers told WFXR that each pinwheel is for a case of child abuse that was reported in the Lynchburg region in 2023.

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“Child abuse is happening in our community and we want people to be aware of that. We want to teach people how they can look out for signs of child abuse and also what they can do to prevent it,” said Kelli Diaz, with CASA Central Virginia.

Prevent Child Abuse America first kicked off the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign in 2008 to create a national effort to change the public’s beliefs and behaviors regarding child abuse and neglect prevention.

The group says the pinwheels represent a happy and healthy childhood, which is something that every child deserves.

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