Child Advocacy Services, LeBlanc’s partner for effort _lowres

 

Child Advocacy Services is partnering with LeBlanc’s Food Stores for a Blue Ribbon Campaign during April.

The program celebrates the hope for children in the community through advocacy, education, awareness and prevention resources, a news release said.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign started in 1989 as an effort to bring awareness and support to child abuse, the release said. A Virginia grandmother tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember her grandson, who died as a result of abuse. She wanted to make the community aware of the tragedy of child abuse.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country as communities wear and display blue ribbons each April. The blue ribbons signify the memory of those who have died because of abuse and support efforts to prevent abuse.

Each year, Child Advocacy Services helps promote Blue Ribbon Month and child abuse prevention efforts by partnering with LeBlanc’s Food Stores. Together, they will distribute hundreds of blue ribbons in support of children and families to prevent child abuse and neglect, the release said.

LeBlanc’s participation in the Blue Ribbon Campaign has helped spread information and education in the communities through participation in eight of the 10 parishes served by CAS, the release said.

The campaign is just one of several efforts made by Child Advocacy Service during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Other activities organized by the agency include a 5K Blue Run in Gonzales and a Pinwheels for Prevention Garden planting in Hammond.

These efforts, along with Stewards of Children Darkness to Light trainings and other preventive education trainings, are held throughout the year, the release states.

“Since April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is a perfect time to remind community members that they can be a powerful voice for children,” said Ginger Cangelosi, community outreach director for Child Advocacy Services. “By visiting a LeBlanc’s store and making a $1 donation for a Blue Ribbon, everyone can take part in contributing to the success of this program. They will also receive vital information regarding abuse prevention and learn ways to promote safety for children everywhere.”

For information, call (800) 798-1575 or visit www.childadv.net.