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Kids Plant Pinwheels In Greenwich To Raise Abuse Awareness

Catalina Ruiz-Jimenez of Greenwich plants a pinwheel representing one of almost 2,000 children abused or neglected in Fairfield County last year.
Catalina Ruiz-Jimenez of Greenwich plants a pinwheel representing one of almost 2,000 children abused or neglected in Fairfield County last year. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Colorful pinwheels twirling in the Sunday afternoon breeze were planted in front the Greenwich Board of Education building by Kids In Crisis to serve as a reminder that child abuse can happen anywhere.

Children from Temple Shalom, Convent of the Sacred Heart, the Kids In Crisis Support Group and other organizations planted 1,864 pinwheels in the ground to represent the number of kids abused or neglected in Fairfield County in 2012.

"When you see how many (pinwheels) are there and when you realize it connects to abused children, it's just overwhelming," Kids in Crisis Executive Director Shari Shapiro said. "When you start planting them, it's just one or two but then you realize there's more than 1,800 of them. It's a scary thought."

She hoped the meaning of the pinwheels would start conversations about child abuse prevention and that something can be done about it, Shapiro said.

Pinwheels have become the adopted symbol used to represent child abuse prevention, according to Shapiro.

Kids in Crisis is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency that provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises, including domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more, according to the organization's website.

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