Pinwheels Raise Awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month

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PANAMA CITY - Child abuse is one of the most horrible crimes imaginable and that's why agencies that help abused kids will be talking a lot about it Tuesday morning.

It is hard to miss the sea of blue on the front lawn of the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

CAC organizers put up the pinwheels, representing the childhood every kid deserves.

Driving around town you might see blue pinwheels stuck in the ground, CAC has partnered with about a dozen local businesses to paint the town blue.

"They are for all children to know that they aren't alone that they are remembered that they are worthwhile," Lori Allen with Children's Advocacy Center said.

"There's nothing more heartwarming than driving down through the community and seeing the big blue bows on businesses doors, letting us know that they support the children in our community and they are helping bring awareness for those children too," Rachelle McKee, Case Coordinator, said.

Sadly every year thousands of children in Bay County are abused or neglected.

"It's a much bigger problem than most people realize," McKee said

"Last year our center alone saw over 1,200 children," Allen said.

Since the center opened 15 years ago, volunteers have helped 15,000 needy children.

The CAC will be at a number of different events this month including first Friday and a proclamation signing at Beach City Hall next week.