Crime & Courts

Women seek help with child-abuse awareness project

Two Wichita grandmothers who were moved by the recent death of a North Newton toddler are continuing to expand their child abuse awareness campaign.

"This is not going to end," Beverly "B.K." Van Es said Thursday of the homegrown project she is mounting with Lily "Madrene" Hill.

They are asking for volunteers to hand out 400 fliers at area churches. The fliers urge congregations to post the women's child abuse message on church billboards for a week.

Their message —"Be aware. Child abuse can be anywhere!!! Call 911." —is already appearing on yard signs the women have had produced.

The fliers and another 150 of the yard signs will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of Asbury United Methodist Church, at 15th and St. Paul. Donations are being accepted for the signs.

The women also have ordered 1,000 bumper stickers with their message.

Van Es said she and Hill are being contacted by people from Hutchinson, Newton, Andale and Haysville who are interested in posting their message.

The women are asking people to contact them about their project at these e-mail addresses: or

The women say they were inspired by an Eagle editorial that expressed concerns about the recent death of a North Newton toddler, Vincent Hill, who authorities say was the victim of abuse.

Madrene Hill is not related to the toddler who was killed.

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