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Pinwheels for Prevention display goes up at Lima Memorial

For the 14th year, hundreds of blue pinwheels dot the lawn in front of Lima Memorial's ER windows. For the 14th year, hundreds of blue pinwheels dot the lawn in front of Lima Memorial's ER windows.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and locally we mark that with the annual Pinwheels for Prevention display at Lima Memorial.

For the 14th year, hundreds of blue pinwheels dot the lawn in front of Lima Memorial's ER windows. There is one for each family that was supported by the Allen County Children Services in 2017, 822 pinwheels in total.

The Pinwheels for Prevention display offers a physical representation of how many children in our area experience child abuse and they act as a symbol of the childhood those kids should get to experience.

"The pinwheels are there because it really represents the fun in a child's life," says Donna Dickman, director for the Partnership for Violence Free Families. "We really want them to see the fun, the innocence, the freedom that children have before they grow up and realize that there are some unpleasant things in life."

At the center of the display, which is visible from Bellefontaine Ave., is a sign explaining the significance of the pinwheels. It also lists the number for Children's Services for those who think they may need it because without people keeping their eyes and ears open the children will continue to fall victim to abuse.

"We want them, number 1, to recognize that we do have an issue, along with the rest of the country, of child abuse," says Dickman. "We understand that, but Allen County is not exempt. If we just think it's gone away then we don't keep out eyes open, we don't make those phone calls and children are left hurt."

The pinwheels will be on display at the hospital for one week, until April 20, 2018.

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