Pinwheels for Prevention

The blue pinwheels you see during the month of April symbolize Child Abuse Prevention month. Those pinwheels are reminders children should have lives filled with love, laughter, care and play. The color blue symbolizes the black and blue marks that are left on the body or soul of a child who has been abused or neglected.

Hundreds gathered at Navy Pier.

To mark the month, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) holds a national event where we gather with blue pinwheels in hand to honor those young victims and to pledge to prevent future victims. This year PCA held two national pinwheel events. The first was in New York City and the second was at Navy Pier in Chicago! After all, Prevent Child Abuse America was founded in Chicago in 1972.

I was invited to the Midwest pinwheel event where they gave me a truly lovely introduction that just about made me blush! We then heard from the PCA President and CEO Jim Hmurovich and then Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

I was able to speak with the Mayor and thank him for speaking up for children who need to be heard and helped.

After the all pinwheels had been handed out, several of us had lunch together and discussed some of the upcoming events for PCA including their national convention in Jacksonville this May. I see myself becoming even more involved with their work in the future.

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio 
Your Mrs. International


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