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KIDSMATTER Blue Ribbon Family Festival

April 21

#KIDSMATTER Blue Ribbon Family Festival to take place in Waterloo   


 Family & Children’s Council will host the #KIDSMATTER Blue Ribbon Family Festival to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month.

Why blue?  In the spring of 1989, a grandmother from Virginia began the blue ribbon campaign as a tribute to her grandson, a three-year-old who died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend. Since that time, concerned citizens all over the country have worn blue as a symbol of the need to prevent child abuse.

Every year, FCC impacts 15,000 children and parents in our community. Black Hawk County ranks as one of the highest in the state when it comes to reported child abuse cases – so our mission is more important than ever. Our goal is to ensure a happy, healthy and safe childhood for all children.

The #KIDSMATTER Blue Ribbon Family Festival will kick off Saturday, April 21st at 10:30am at Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo.  Guests will tie blue ribbons around trees in the park, then proceed to walk to the RiverLoop Amphitheatre tying trees along the way. Once at the RiverLoop, the Family Festival will begin with a bounce house, face painter, balloon artist and other fun and free activities for families.

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April 21