Winds on the wheel of change

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Flowers won’t be the only thing sprouting up in gardens this spring. Blue pinwheels will also start making appearances throughout April to bring awareness to child abuse prevention.

Ralston House is teaming up with the City of Lakewood and other organizations to spread awareness’s about child abuse issues and sell blue pinwheels to raise money for the work Ralston House does.

The organization has locations in Arvada and Lakewood, and since 1990 has provided services and programs for children and teens who have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused.

“This is our third year doing the pinwheel project. Our first year doing it we received such a good response we decided to make it annual,” said Ralston House Executive Director Don Moseley.

“We want to remind people that child abuse happens everywhere, but that the community can help. They are also a symbol for victims, to show them the abuse was not their fault.”

Moseley said last year there were between 6,000-7,000 pinwheels planted.

Some people and businesses started their own pinwheel gardens, and that trend is continuing in Lakewood.

There will be a large garden outside of the Gold Crown Foundation, 150 S. Harlan St., with more than 854 pinwheels to represent the children assisted by Ralston House.

The Belmar shopping center, 408 S. Teller St., and the Carmody Recreation Center, 2200 S. Kipling St., will also have gardens set up.

Jayna Lang, youth sports coordinator with Lakewood, said that Ralston House provides training for city staff, so this is a great opportunity to give back to the group.

“It’s a way to increase awareness of our local resources,” she said. “If you’re having any problems in this area, Ralston House is a great place to go.”

Pinwheels can be purchased at the Belmar shopping center information kiosk, at Carmody Recreation Center or online at www.ralstonhouse.net.

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