April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Michigan is one of the highest states in the US with the most child abuse statistics.
To help combat the issue, Cadillac businesses and the Wexford/Missaukee Child Abuse Protection Council are showing their support.
From now until May, blue and silver pinwheels can be seen all around Mitchell Street in downtown Cadillac.
“It’s just that little playful thing that kind of reminds us of the happy, healthy childhoods that all children deserve,” said Karen Staub, Prevention Coordinator for the Wexford/Missaukee Child Protection Council.
The pinwheels have been a national symbol for child abuse prevention for around 15 years, according to dust.
On Tuesday, the child protection council, and a group of volunteers, walked the streets of Cadillac Tuesday evening to drop off the pinwheels to local businesses.
“We like to show our support,” said Tim Beals, manager at Fast Cash Pawn Shop in Cadillac. “The kids are our future and stuff, so we like to make sure we’re there to help them, protect them anyway we can.”
Wexford and Lake Counties are among the top areas in the State for reported child abuse cases.
“Child abuse often happens in secret, in silence and people are afraid to talk about it,” said Jeff Miller, owner of War Games North in Cadillac. “It’s also important to know that the people who are in that situation need help. Not only the children, but the parents or other family members.”
The main goal of the Pinwheels For Prevention project is to just raise awareness, according to dust. As well as trying to prevent abuse before it happens.
Pinwheels are available at the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce.