Exchangites selling child abuse prevention kits

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Published on March 31, 2021 with No Comments

Every April the Duneland Exchange Club sprinkles blue pinwheels around downtown Chesterton. This year the club is taking its Child Abuse Prevention Month awareness campaign one step further.

The organization is selling Child Abuse Prevention kits with the hopes that more people will join the crusade. The $20 kits contain a yard sign, a blue ribbon lapel pin, and a pinwheel which the club will use as part of a public display at Porter Park during April. The pinwheels will surround an 8-foot-tall blue ribbon.

Club members encourage the lapel pins to be worn and the small yard signs to be displayed from April 1 through April 30.

“The main reason is just to raise awareness,” said Club President Lorelei Weimer. “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is such a serious issue, we want to put a spotlight on it. The other reason is this is an opportunity to tell the community who we are. They are aware of the Body Safety program in schools, but they don’t understand that our club is paying for it. We want to say, ‘Join us. Help us stop this!’”

The Duneland Exchange Club has funded the Body Safety program for Duneland area schools since 2008. At the time, Club Treasurer Jackie Ruge Perkins and other club members worked with Dunebrook, a chartered council of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and school officials to introduce the program to elementary school children, Weimer said. Since then the program has grown to include teachers and intermediate, middle, and high school students.

To pay for the child abuse prevention programming, the club conducts annual fundraisers. This is the first year it has sold kits to raise money. They may be ordered on the club’s website at www.dunelandexchageclub.org and picked up at Porter Bank’s main branch, 230 Lincoln St., Porter.

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