BANGOR – Families turned out at Bangor’s Chick-fil-A to benefit the Penquis Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.
The money raised at Monday evening’s event went to parent education programs and other efforts by Penquis to prevent child abuse.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Kids at Chick-fil-A made a pinwheel garden and colored pictures of pinwheels. The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention.
“The pinwheel stands for all children having great childhoods – care-free, nurturing environments,” said Christine McMillen, a community educator for Penquis.
One little boy, Dylan Hodgdon showed off his artwork, depicting what he called, “a cow holding a giant windmill.”
The restaurant also sold “cookies for a cause”. Chick-fil-A said they are donating $1 for each six count pack of cookies sold. That money is going to Penquis.
“Child abuse unfortunately is something that happens,” said Bangor Chick-fil-A Owner Todd Schultz. “So anything we can do to help alleviate and make a household into a stronger, more loving household – we want to be a part of that.”
With recent stories of violence against children hitting so close to home, customers and staff were happy to help.
“I have two little kids myself,” said Bangor Chick-fil-A Marketing Director Shannon Arce. “It’s just great to be able to support and hopefully stop things like that from happening again. As a mom I couldn’t even imagine.”
The kids had fun planting their pinwheels, but for the parents the event was a way to support a cause they care about.
“The pinwheels are walking out the door with them [the kids] spinning them,” said Arce. “They’re making the whole garden spin so it’s just a fun night and a fun way to educate the community and give back.”
The pinwheel garden will be on display at Penquis for all of April.