Kids’ Hope Center in Coos Bay plants 412 pinwheels in recognition of child abuse awareness

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Colorful pinwheels were on display Wednesday in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

412 of them were planted outside the Kids’ Hope Center in Coos Bay.

Each one represents a child helped by the Center in the last year.

Organizers explained the importance of bringing awareness and prevention to the community.

"It brings to light a topic that people don't like to address and don't like to talk about,” program director Joanne Shor said, “and unless you have been, know of, or have been supporting a victim of child abuse, it's easy to dismiss and think that it doesn't happen and then, when you think about the number—412--that's more kids we've served here than there are in some entire schools here in Coos County.”

"I think the most precious resource in our community is our children,” added Donna Rabin from the Hospital District Board. “We can only improve the health of the community by caring and nurturing our children."

This is the fifth year Bay Area Hospital's Kids' Hope Center has held the pinwheel ceremony.

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