Letter: Over 500 attend child abuse prevention event

Ayden Roberts, 2, plays the ducky game at the Child Abuse Prevention Carnival held April 25 in London.
Ayden Roberts, 2, plays the ducky game at the Child Abuse Prevention Carnival held April 25 in London.

(Posted May 4, 2014)

Step right up and get your ticket. Madison County Children Services hosted a child abuse prevention carnival April 25 at the London Community Center. The event was a huge success and a great experience for Madison County residents.

There were carnival games, face painting, balloon making, sand art, a photo booth, COSI and much more. There were four bicycle drawings and over 50 door prizes donated by local businesses.

The event was planned as a way to help promote Child Abuse Prevention Month. As the event planners, we were hoping for around 100 people to come to the event, but planned for 250 people. However at about 6 p.m., we already had such a big turnout that we had to get more supplies. The official head count was 510 people.

This event was powerful and moving for so many. Families were laughing, playing and interacting with other families.

This event could not have happened without all of our donors. We would like to thank Direct Mechanical, Shoemaker’s IGA in South Charleston, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Stanley, Auto Zone, Hot Head Burritos, Los Mariachis, Napels’ Gym and Tan, Ann & Tony’s, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Flyer’s, Donatos, CVS, Columbus Clippers, Ballrich Chips, Peebles, Save-A-Lot, Mike Sullivan Builder and Family, Pickens Construction, Great Clips, Rothwell’s, COSI, Der Dutchman, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Coughlin Automotive, Pump It Up, Madison Lanes, Boyd’s Garage Doors, Murry and Edwards, and Lazer Kraze.

Julie Harris, licensed social worker, Madison County Children Services

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