Blue Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness Month

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention has serving the Wiregrass area for forty years.

So as you drive down Morgan Street in Dothan, you'll see forty blue pinwheels.

“The pinwheel is one of the symbols for child abuse awareness month and blue of course is for child abuse awareness.” Said Liz Ploss, Community Relations Manager of The Exchange Center.

"The pinwheels represent the happy carefree childhood that all children deserve to have." Says Ploss.

Many of the center's programs are geared to preventing child abuse, so most clients are children, but adult victims, who now have children themselves also benefit.

Executive Director Pamela Miles says her favorite program the center provides is the Baby Whisperer Program, “We go into the hospitals at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, and Flowers Hospital, and everyone who has a baby in those hospitals; before they leave they receive an instruction manual for babies."

Which could in turn take away the frustrations that could lead to child abuse, and hopefully reduce or completely get rid of the need for future pinwheels.

The Exchange Center is a non-profit agency and recently lost a $40,000 grant to provide services to area schools.

If you would like to donate to the Exchange Center you can contact Pamela Miles at (334) 671-1966.

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