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Thank you!

Dear Editor,
   Last Wednesday’s American Red Cross blood drive at the Paw Paw Lions Club gathered 44 pints of blood, which could help as many as 132 people in need of blood products.  Thanks to the 50 potential donors who showed up to donate. 
   I can’t thank enough the faithful crew of workers, cookie bakers, sandwich makers, and the Paw Paw Lions for the use of their facility for the drive.
   The next Paw Paw American Red Cross Drive will be at the Lions Club on Wednesday, June 13. Please consider donating at that drive.
   Frank Wunderlich
   Blood Drive Coordinator
   Paw Paw Lions Club

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Dear Editor,
   All children deserve great childhoods because our children are our future. We want that future to be one that’s not only focused on child and family well-being, but free of child abuse and neglect as well. Healthy families mean healthy children, healthy communities, a thriving economy and strong nation.
   The blue pinwheel is the national symbol of Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April each year, communities across the nation celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month by planting pinwheels to honor those who help children have a great childhood. These gardens show support for healthy child development, strengthening families, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
   Everyone can take simple, ordinary actions to make a difference in the lives of children. From neighbors to coaches to clergy to the business and law enforcement communities, we call upon all to prioritize the well-being of our children and look in the mirror for the roles they can play, big or small.
   Child abuse is preventable. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.
   This year’s pinwheel garden for Van Buren County will be visible when you drive by the Van Buren Intermediate School District’s Conference Center at 490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence. We are also hosting a public event called “Not Just Pictures” on Monday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Conference Center in Lawrence. This is an educational and public awareness event about the dangers of child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and use of the internet. The information presented is appropriate only for adults.
   For most of us, we regularly have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child -- keep this in mind as you move through your days and weeks ahead, and join us in our support of children and families. Remember, it not just their future, it’s all of ours.
   Respectfully,
   Becky Fatzinger, Coordinator
   Van Buren Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Learn How Keep Children and Teens Safe:
Not Just Pictures

Dear readers,
   April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, and every child deserves a carefree childhood, as symbolized by the “Blue Pinwheels for Prevention.” However, harm can affect children via internet child sexual exploitation. A FREE documentary viewing and discussion of "Not Just Pictures" will help parents and the community learn how to protect children.
   Internet child sexual exploitation is part of a larger problem of human trafficking, which is considered the second largest criminal enterprise in the world – an estimated $32 billion dollar industry. According to U.S. Federal law, human trafficking is defined as anyone of any age being forced or deceived into providing commercial sex acts or labor of any kind.
   It doesn’t only happen in third-world countries. It happens  everywhere, even here.
   This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about this problem and how to address it. Parents and caregivers of children of all ages are especially encouraged to attend and learn more. 
   Please join us on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Van Buren ISD Conference Center, 490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence. WARNING: Because of graphic content, children should NOT attend. 
   Questions can be directed to Sherry Bennett, Van Buren Great Start Collaborative, 269-539-5411, sbennett@vbisd.org
   Jason Cox, President
   Van Buren Council for
   the Prevention of
   Child Abuse and Neglect

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