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April 26, 2013

Campaign against abuse takes to streets with awareness mission

Age wasn’t an issue when it came to sharing about child abuse awareness at Cullman Caring For Kids’ event to raise awareness Thursday morning at the courthouse.

Cullman Middle School student Darby Dickinson, 14, has volunteered several years in an effort to prevent child abuse.

 Blue ribbons lined downtown Cullman, representing child abuse awareness, during the memorial service dedicated to the 21 children that died because of child abuse or neglect in Alabama in 2012. Director of Cullman Caring For Kids Javon Daniel said it was a successful day, with 60-70 participants at the memorial service and over 100 in the ‘paint the town blue’ walk to depot park.

“I’ve been a volunteer for three to four years, enjoy working with kids and hope to help end child abuse in any way I can,” Dickinson said. “I try to encourage other students to participate by handing out blue ribbons to wear. I always have them ready to hand to people whenever I go to church, school or other events.”

Dickinson said through the encouragement she has received by Cullman Caring For Kids, she wants to give back to them.

“They really care about child abuse awareness,” Dickinson said. “They also encourage others to care and you can tell they are really passionate about it.”

Daniel said he is proud of Dickinson and the help she has given to Cullman Caring For Kids’ campaign against abuse.

 “She and her mother have volunteered on numerous occasions for Cullman Caring For Kids,” Daniel said. “She has a very insightful way about her and we were very proud of her sharing today. It was a rewarding day for all those involved. We want people to become aware that child abuse is here; children are being abused every day right here in our own community and it’s our responsibility to stop it.”

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext 270.

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