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Pinwheels raise awareness for Wilson County’s abused children

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:16 PM

For the third year, Wilson County residents have the opportunity to see a field of blue in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates could be seen in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Monday placing pinwheels in two locations. In Lebanon, they can be seen at the corner of Castle Heights Avenue and West Main Street and in Mt. Juliet, they are located near City Hall.

Wilson County CASA Executive Director Laura Swanson said this year there are 296 pinwheels. Each of them represents a child that has been served by the organization.

“They represent the number of children who were able to receive a volunteer advocate last year. We are serving about 60 percent of the children who come through the court system for abuse and neglect,” Swanson said.

The effort, called Pinwheels for Prevention, is spearheaded by Prevent Child Abuse America, and Swanson said CASA received a donation to help purchase the pinwheels.

Swanson urges anyone to report suspected child abuse by calling the Department of Children’s Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-877-237-0004.

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