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The Wheat Ridge Police Department is planting a pinwheel garden outside City Hall to help raise awareness of child abuse during April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The department’s fundraising goal for the Ralston House Pinwheel project is $60,000, and the $5 sales of individual pinwheels go to support the services Ralston House provides children and their families.

“Bright blue pinwheels are a symbol of child abuse prevention awareness across the nation and serve as a beacon of hope for children, youth and adult survivors of child abuse in our community,” said Detective Cheri Ells. “Anyone who wants to support this month’s fundraising for Ralston House can stop by City Hall to make a $5 donation and receive a pinwheel or go online.”

Community members are also encouraged to use the hashtag #PassthePinwheel in social media posts and to change their Facebook profile picture to one taken with a pinwheel to help raise awareness and funds.

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