Letter: Public: Remember to battle abuse (March 22, 2023)


April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and during that month, Sweet Home Police Department and the City of Sweet Home would like to invite the public to turn Sweet Home as blue as it can to remind people to look out for youngsters, to report suspicious circumstances and possible abuse.

We would ask members of the Sweet Home community to plant blue pinwheels at their homes and businesses. We also would ask as many folks who are able to participate to swap out their porch lights with blue bulbs throughout April.

Pinwheels will be available at the Police Department in exchange for a suggested donation of $2 each or six pinwheels for $10. Proceeds from those donations this year are intended for the Linn County Child Abuse Network, a community coalition of nonprofit agencies, educators, law enforcement and community volunteers.

On April 1, the Police Department invites the public to join it in planting a pinwheel garden and a march for the children. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with guest speaker Richard Wijers, Linn County deputy district attorney. The pinwheel garden and march will follow the brief presentation. Upon returning from the march, a hot dog lunch will be available to participants.

For more information, contact Community Services Officer Sean Morgan at (541) 367-5181. To donate and pick up pinwheels, please drop by the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St.

Sean Morgan

Police Community

Services Officer

Sweet Home