If you have driven along Memorial Drive recently, you may have noticed blue ribbons tied to the DePelchin Children's Center fence line. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and DePelchin is raising awareness to the devastating effects of child abuse by tying 5,383 blue ribbons to our fence in the month of April. One ribbon for each confirmed victim of child abuse in Harris County last year.
Child abuse is a very tragic issue - that is also very real. Nationally, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. It was in 1989 that the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. Today the blue ribbon is used nationwide throughout the month of April to bring awareness to this devastating epidemic.
Please join us in raising awareness in our community. By the end of April, we hope to have our fence covered with blue ribbons so the children of our city know we stand with them.
Blue ribbons are available at the DePelchin Children's Center front desk at 4950 Memorial Drive Monday -Thursday 8:00 am until 6:30 pm; Fri 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am until noon.