Awareness needed for prevention

Light the Lake procession on Flemington DriveIn April 2019, more than 100 individuals gathered together at the corner of Flemington Drive and Sam Potts Highway, holding electronic candles. They walked as a group down Flemington Drive toward Lake Waccamaw, turning left on Lake Shore Drive. As they continued onto Cameron Street and turned back toward campus on Church Street, the positive energy radiated from these individuals.

This year, for the first time in eight years, the Light the Lake Walk for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness coordinated by Boys and Girls Homes did not take place as part of the April National Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts.

Sadly, with families in such close quarters and stress levels incredibly high, the message about child abuse prevention is needed now more than ever. As B&GH President Gary Faircloth recently shared, “When there are higher levels of stress in the family, it is always the children who suffer most.”

While we were unable to physically gather in community to raise awareness, B&GH continues to serve the vulnerable children who have suffered from abuse and neglect. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have continued to accept children into care both on the campus and in foster homes. We are taking all the appropriate precautions to keep children, families, and staff safe, but our essential work has continued.

Be a part of the B&GH mission as it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for the welfare of children.

How you can help

Melissa Hopkins is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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