The third annual Blue Out Day in Centerville Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. was a windy, chilly two-hour event to bring child abuse prevention awareness to the community.
Activities included Centerville Mayor Jan Spurgeon reading the child abuse awareness proclamation from the bandshell on the Appanoose County Courthouse lawn as approximately 20 in attendance listened. Spurgeon proclaimed the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention month in Centerville. She urged “all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities, and businesses to partner in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, thereby strengthening the communities in which we live.”
Vicki Wendland, chairperson of the board of the Appanoose County Family Alliance, said Blue Out Day is to encourage people to wear blue and live by the message: “Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business.” Wendland encouraged people to get involved in the community, the neighborhood, and lend a hand if you see someone struggling, like a mother who is feeling stressed and might need some time alone from her children.
Shelly Hornaday, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children coordinator, said they meet every second Thursday of every month at the Drake Public Library at 12 p.m.
Food donated and cooked by Dale Sales was available as was information about child abuse prevention month.
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