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Radiothon to End Child Abuse kicks off

To kick off the annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse, Ellingson’s Plumbing, Heating, A/C and Electrical in Alexandria will offer a free community dinner on Tuesday, December 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria. Everyone is invited to attend, and a free-will donation will be accepted.

The Radiothon will be broadcast on KIKV 100.7 FM and COOL 94.3 FM on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6. It is a 23-hour education and action event where listeners learn what key conditions lead to child abuse and neglect and how it can be prevented.

Along with discussion, listeners will also have the opportunity to make a pledge or bid on an auction item.

All donations of the Radiothon will benefit the following Minnesota child abuse prevention efforts:

• Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Council

• Grant County Child and Youth Council

• Pope County HELP Council

• Stevens County Family Well Being Committee

• Todd County PEACE Council

COMMUNITY IMPACT

In 2014, the Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Council impacted the community in the following ways:

• The Windmill Project partnered with Lakeland Mental Health Center to host the first “Community Conversation: Putting the Pieces Together,” recognizing Autism Awareness Month in April.

• Someplace Safe provided educational outreach to more than 288 community members through Alexandria Technical and Community College, the faith community and Alexandria Area High School.

• West Central Minnesota Communities Action continues to operate PLUS Kids Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Center in Alexandria to help families promote well-being and a sense of security for children.

• United Communities Advocating Non-Violence (UCAN Inc.) facilitated the Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk and Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon.

• The Douglas County Follow Along Program supports young children who are at-risk for experiencing developmental delays. It provided more than 1,200 questionnaires to families.

• Building Connections Early Childhood Initiative purchased AMAZE, an anti-bias literacy based curriculum that was used on the Traveling Tree House.

• In April, to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month, more than 3,000 temporary tattoos with the message “Working Together to Keep ALL Children Safe” were distributed.

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