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Child-abuse awareness program to give out signs at Wichita garden stores

Lily Hill and Beverly Van Es have talked to more than 600 children about child abuse. They encourage them to call the police right away when they see abuse and they give them these bracelets. (Nov. 1, 2012)
Lily Hill and Beverly Van Es have talked to more than 600 children about child abuse. They encourage them to call the police right away when they see abuse and they give them these bracelets. (Nov. 1, 2012) File photo

A grassroots child-abuse awareness program run by local grandmothers will be giving out yard signs and bracelets on Saturday, says Lily Hill, one of the organizers.

The signs say: “Be aware. Child abuse can be anywhere! Call 911.”

The signs will be available at Johnson’s Garden Centers East and West stores — 6225 E. Shadybrook and 2707 W. 13th St. — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Hill said. However, the afternoon hours could shift to later in the day, depending on whether the Shockers men’s basketball team plays on Saturday, she said.

Although there is no charge for the signs, people can leave a donation, Hill said.

The child-abuse awareness program has received matching grants from Pilot International and Prairie Pilot of Wichita, which has allowed the program to have plenty of signs and bracelets, Hill said.

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