‘Blue Kids’ along Lakewalk represent donations to help fight child abuse
More than 300 blue, wooden cutouts representing donations to help fight child abuse lined Duluth’s Lakewalk on Monday.
The “Blue Kids” were displayed along the Lakewalk to represent each donation.
Beth Olson, the director of First Witness, said the 309 donations meant the goal for April had been reached. It also showed that an effort to engage the public, getting people to think more openly about child abuse, also was successful, Olson said.
The “I Stand with Kids” campaign was recognized by the city, with Mayor Don Ness declaring Monday as “I Stand With Kids” Day.
First Witness performs interviews of children 12 and younger who report or are subjects of abuse. Children are interviewed once with involvement from law enforcement to prevent further harm linked to their experiences.
Karwath said it’s important to spread the message to prevent abuse by reaching out to the community.
First Witness is celebrating 20 years in Duluth and helped 1,917 children in 2013.