Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Light of Hope to Kick off

Joining Forces to Fight Child Abuse:

Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Light of Hope to Kick off Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Pinwheel Project on April 13th for the Second Year

Photo courtesy of Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office

Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Exchange Club of Sugar Land and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office are collaborating to bring awareness about Child Abuse Awareness Month. Hosted by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, The Pinwheel Project will be held at Homestead Park at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond – directly across from the Justice Center. This free community event is fun for the whole family. There will be food, games, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, a train, a petting zoo, music, prize giveaways and more. The Pinwheel Project will be Saturday, April 13th and it will open with Light of Hope. This will be the sixth year for the Sheriff’s Office to host the Pinwheel Project.

“For sixteen years, Child Advocates of Fort Bend and Exchange Club of Sugar Land have partnered to bring awareness to April Child Abuse Awareness Month with Light of Hope,” stated Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford. “We work very closely with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and have supported The Pinwheel Project since its inception by hosting a booth, running games and providing materials and child abuse awareness information and we were absolutely thrilled when they offered us the opportunity to open their annual Pinwheel Project again this year.”

This community event is the brainchild of Lesley Vaught, a detective with the Special Crimes Unit at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Det. Vaught, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 13 years, developed the project with her unit five years ago.  When they determined that they needed to do more to raise awareness of child abuse in Fort Bend County, the Special Crimes Unit created the Pinwheel Project in observance of Child Abuse Awareness month.

“The Pinwheel Project is so important to me because it brings our community together and lets others know that we are here and we do care. It gives people the opportunity to learn the signs of child abuse and how to report,” stated Vaught.

Shown getting ready for the event are (L to R): Exchange Club of Sugar Land President, David Lanagan, Detective Dawn Welch, Sheriff Troy Nehls, Lt. Tiffaney Budnik, Detective Lesley Vaught, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford and Sergeant Tim Morris.

Although child abuse knows no season, April is designated as National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Some of the ways to participate in Child Abuse Awareness Month include wearing a blue ribbon, helping to pass out blue ribbons, posting child abuse prevention materials in your place of business and inviting Child Advocates of Fort Bend to talk to your group about child abuse. For more information, call 281-344-5100 or go to www.cafb.org.

About Child Advocates of Fort Bend:

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt, and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend

County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 16,565 children since opening its doors in 1991.

For more information on how you can become a voice for children and get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, contact Lindsey Castellanos at 281-344-5259 or lcastellanos@cafb.org or log onto www.cafb.org.

The agency’s annual gala and auction raises much needed funds to support its programs for abused and neglected children. The Up Up and Away Gala will take place May 4, 2019 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. To attend the Gala, become a sponsor or for more information, go to https://www.cafb.org/events/gala/ or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org.