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Harmony Home looks to bring awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month

The children’s advocacy center has two events planned for Saturday, April 10th, to help West Texans take a stand against child abuse.
Harmony Home is hoping to bring attention to child abuse by planting blue pinwheels across...
Harmony Home is hoping to bring attention to child abuse by planting blue pinwheels across Odessa.(Daniel Alvarado/CBS7)
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 5:42 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - The number of child abuse cases in West Texas are staggering.

During the fiscal year of 2020 (Sept. 1, 2019 - Aug. 31, 2020), The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported it completed 4,245 CPS investigations in Region 9, which serves the Midland-Odessa-San Angelo area. On top of that, it reported 1,770 confirmed victims of child abuse/neglect in the West Texas region.

Harmony Home, a children’s advocacy center in Odessa, is looking to bring awareness to child abuse for Child Abuse Prevention month.

The non-profit is planting blue pinwheel gardens across the city. The idea of the project is that pinwheels are reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

Harmony Home also has two events planned for Saturday, April 10th, to help West Texans take a stand against child abuse.

Its “Blue Parade” is set for 1:00 pm. Harmony Home is inviting people to decorate their vehicles with blue streamers and paint markers and then parade through city neighborhoods. Harmony Home says you can meet at one of these four elementary campuses to join: Barbara Jordan, Travis, Gonzales, or Cavazos.

Then Saturday evening Harmony Home is hosting a Party in its parking lot at 910 S. Grant from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. The non-profit says the event will include: jumpers, food, music, resource booths, and a movie. It’s all to raise awareness about child abuse through family bonding.

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