Baby Bear Hugs playgroup decorates glasses to be displayed in businesses that are “Shining the Light for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness.” Some of the group participants are pictured from left, front row, Kaylee Marquez and Kenia Marquez; and back row, Rosa Marquez, Janel Flores holding Marqus Flores, Minnie Rodriguez and Joaquin Flores. — Johnson Publications

Baby Bear Hugs shines light on child abuse prevention

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the local Baby Bear Hugs organization is doing its part to bring awareness.
    Participants at the Baby Bear Hugs playgroup decorated glasses with blue and silver glitter and handed them out to be displayed at local businesses. A small light in the glasses is a symbol that the community is “Shining the Light for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness.”
    Baby Bear Hugs also passed out small blue ribbons that people can wear to show their stand against child abuse.
    Pam Gibbs, coordinator for Baby Bear Hugs in Phillips County, said it speaks volumes that the playgroup moms took it upon themselves to do this project for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    Playgroup coordinator Minnie Rodriguez said they have had up to 15 children and 11 moms at the playgroup, which meets every Thursday morning from 10 a.m.-noon at First Baptist Church in Holyoke. Occasionally during nice weather, the playgroup will meet at Homesteaders Park.

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