About 1,200 blue and silver pinwheels were “planted” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 30, at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 807 West Mercury Blvd. in Hampton to bring attention to National Child Abuse Prevention and National Autism Awareness months. All were invited to join Lutheran Family Services or Virginia, church members and seven Exchange Clubs on the Virginia Peninsula to plant a pinwheel and raise awareness about the role everyone can play in valuing children and increasing understanding of autism.
The pinwheels represent the healthy and happy childhoods and bright futures all children deserve. Each pinwheel stands for ten children who were victims in founded reports of abuse and neglect in our state last year and for ten children who are on the Autism Spectrum. Each pinwheel also represents a child waiting in foster who is available to be adopted.
The pinwheel garden will be “harvested” on Rachel’s Day, Sunday, May 4, which is a nationwide observance of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to protest violence against children and to serve the families affected by violence.

Note: The Rev. Farrow would be happy to talk about her personal experience with autism. She is the parent of two children on the Autism Spectrum.

Contacts:
The Rev. Christine Farrow, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 807 West Mercury Boulevard, 286-8500
Carole Todd, Dir. of Communications & Marketing, Lutheran Family Services 722-4707 x1319