The Child Welfare Board of Brown County has been busy in the month of April to help spread the message about Child Abuse Prevention Month. Getting the community behind the message with Friday shirt day, two new billboards, pinwheels in the yard throughout Brown County, signage at the Brown County Courthouse, information booth at the Great Easter Egg Hunt, Heart Gallery display, Raindrops for the Rainbow Room donations, and an Adoption Day Celebration are highlights of the month’s events. This volunteer board worked vigorously to promote the mission of National Child Abuse Prevention Month which is to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Community support for this initiative was evident in many community members sporting the “Nobody Fights Alone” shirt on Friday’s and for the generous donations to the Rainbow Room. Raindrops for the Rainbow Room were collected at Sliger’s Market; Hometown Spa; 10 Mile Tasting Room; Community Connections of Central Texas – CCCT; Center for Life Resources; Doc’s Drug of Brownwood; Doc’s Drug of Early; The Hen House; Box-N-Mail; Hey June; Shaw’s Market Place; Advantage Office Supply; Farmers Insurance- Dustin Larremore Agency on CC Woodson Rd; Farmers Insurance- Kelli Lenzi Agency in Early, CJ’s Lounge, and The Vault. In addition, Jacob’s Pharmacy and Trans Texas Tire gave donations.
Physical community markers included pinwheels and signage, billboard signs on HWY 67 and 377S, as well as large yard letters illuminated in blue on the Courthouse lawn. These collective efforts were made possible by AccelHealth, Lamar Outdoor Signs, Howard Payne University Students on Community Impact Day, and the collaboration of the board’s passionate volunteers. For those who are unaware, the blue pinwheels represent innocence which is recognized as a national symbol for child abuse prevention.
As a new addition to this year’s awareness month, the board included an Adoption Day Celebration. Adoption Day, which is normally in November, traditionally included the board attending court house proceedings as children were placed in forever homes. This year, the board turned this into a day of celebrations\ providing a party for families that adopted over the last year. Sweet treats, photo opportunities, and creative family wooden wall hangings were presented to each family at the event.
All in All, the Child Welfare Board of Brown County stands behind the statement that “No Child Fights Alone”. For more information or to find out ways to get involved, call (325) 642-1409 or check out their Facebook page Child Welfare Board of Brown County