The Bucks County Commissioners passed three proclamations focused on children at their meeting Wednesday morning.
The first was to proclaim Wed., April 10 the Operation Helping Hand Food Drive Day, sponsored by United Way of Bucks County. The one day, non-perishable food collection day will be held in public and private schools across the county, as well as in the Bucks County Courthouse.
Last year, 95,000 Bucks County residents were helped when 41,716 pounds of food was collected and distributed to various food pantries throughout the county.
"The food pantries are having a hard time keeping up with demand," commented Danielle Bush, community impact assistant for United Way of Bucks County. "Operation Helping Hand is very important for the food pantries, but it is also important for the children. It plants the seed for compassion for those that are struggling around them."
The commissioners also passed a proclamation making April of this year the Month of the Young Child. By doing so, the commissioners and the county recognize the efforts and improvements that educators and caregivers have made for young children throughout the county.
The final proclamation the commissioners passed at their meeting was naming April of 2013, Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency has partnered with the district attorney’s office, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and NOVA to sponsor the construction of three Pinwheel to Prevent Child Abuse Gardens throughout the county.
According to the proclamation, each garden will have 806 colorful pinwheels, each representing one "brave person who stood up for a child in 2012." The gardens will be located at the United Friend School in Quakertown, the Hartsville Fire Company in Warminster, and at the New Town Middle School in New Town.
"Life, as we know, is all about children,” said Pa. Rep. Kathy Watson.
"Child protection is... everybody’s business," she continued. "The biggest and best resource we have are our children."