Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 15, 2014

Despite high winds, Go Blue! balloon release a big GO!


Mineral Wells Index

— By TYLER MASK



April is National Child Abuse prevention month, and all month long Palo Pinto County Child Welfare Board, PPC Children's Alliance Center and CASA along with other organizations, have banded together in an effort to promote awareness on the largest scale possible. Their campaign, entitled “Go Blue For Kids!,” began April 1, with a kick off luncheon and will run through April 29.

Last year, there were 198 proven cases, PPCCWB President Connie Ball said. Ball believes the prime reason for this growth is because of more abuse taking place. From babies being born with methamphetamine in their system to children living in unsanitary conditions, PPC sees the whole gamut of child abuse. However, her organization along with the others mentioned above are striving together to fight back in spite of the alarming statistic.

CAC Director Libby Cluett said that the goal this year was to work together because each organization plays unique roles in the same process

“We are trying to really use April to collaborate and make the awareness public and remind people that it's a good time to have our respective fundraisers because of the whole effort,” Cluett said.

“Individuals can make a difference. We're going to be looking for volunteers. Of course we all accept funds, but there are other ways to help too. And if anyone knows of child abuse cases that are happening, they really need to help curb the tide and help the children, because helping our children now, and getting them on the right course – they may need mental health or victim's assistance – but getting that done now will help that child become a better citizen in the future. A lot of times, it is generational. There are very [few cases] throughout the state of stranger abuse. Most of it is either family, friends of family – people who know the child in some way. It's sad.”

Every week this month has been slated with efforts to promote awareness. Last week, a variety of events took place including the county pinwheel presentation, Go Blue Day and the planting of 198 blue roses at the courthouse in honor of the confirmed cases last year.

This week, 138 balloons were released at Lamar Elementary School in honor of children living in the foster care system throughout Palo Pinto County.

The Helium was donated by Cole's House of Flowers and North Oak Church of Christ, and the balloons and string were donated by Rainbow Room. Those present were Rainbow Room, PPCCWB, CPS and PPC CAC along with an army of elementary students and MWISD Staff.

The following events remain in the Go Blue! campaign:

• April 24, CWB Stars Shine Fundraiser.

• April 27, Blue Day.

• April 29, Day of prayer and CAC open house.

And don't forget, to eat out every Tuesday in April, as the following restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit all Go Blue agencies when one mentions the Go Blue! campaign (dine in only):

• Shotgun's Barbeque.

• Mr. Jim's Pizza.

• Fuzzy's.

• Chili's.

• Pastafina.

• Hogg's Pit.

• Old School Pizza.

• Mesquite Pit.

• Hickey's Dairy Queen.

At the balloon release, MWISD Supt. Gail G. Haterius quoted Jesus saying, “'I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me,'” Matthew 25:40 (NET).

For more information, contact Leann Johnson at 940-445-7380.