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4/16/2014 2:21:00 PM
Children's plight recognized at Vigil of Hope
GAl CANDLELIGHT VIGIL OF HOPE HELD ON STEPS OF COUNTY COMPLEX
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GAl CANDLELIGHT VIGIL OF HOPE HELD ON STEPS OF COUNTY COMPLEX

A Guardian Ad Litem candlelight vigil was held on the afternoon of April 8 on the front steps of the Florence County Complex. The purpose of the event was to raise community awareness for child abuse and prevention. Keisha White, County Coordinator of the 12th Judicial Circuit, Guardian Ad Litem Program, welcomed guests to The Light of Hope Vigil. Rita Briggs, volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem Program, gave in the invocation. Deborah Donahue, director of the Florence County Department Of Social Services presented child abuse statistics The speaker was Dr. Allie E. Brooks Jr., Florence School District One Superintendent. He was followed by the Rev. Wayne Mumford, vice chairman for the Florence County Council, who proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention And Awareness Month and Guardian Ad Litem Appreciation Day.

Fred Dowling, volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem Program, led in the lighting of memory candles. Presenting candles were: Candle Of Honor: For Children In Foster Care ­– Doretta Irby Crosson, Foster Care Review Board Coordinator Candle Of Remembrance: For Children Who Suffered – Meg Temple, Executive Director, Care House Of Pee Dee Candle Of Appreciation: For Law Enforcement, Service Providers and Volunteers – Sgt. Michael Mullinax, Florence Police Department. Candle Of Recovery: For Hugs And Healing – Elizabeth Poston, Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Candle Of Hope: For Future Of Our Children – Sarah Monroe, Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Vicki Martin, volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, read “We Pray For Our Children Poem.” In Appreciation Of National Volunteer Week, The Guardian Ad Litem Program thanks the following GAL volunteers for Florence County” Marisa Bailey, Carroll Evans Brian Horahan, Linda Williams Eloise Frasier, Desiree Irizarry, Rhonda Bell, Lorraine Frederick, Frances Kendall, Rita Briggs, Brenda Gibson, Roy Malac, Bob Brown, Christal Goodson, Vicki Martin, Sonyetta Cooper, Michelle Hackman, Sarah Monroe, Fred Dowling, Bradford Harrell, Olenka Morelli, Lascelles Ellis, Millicent Hill, Justin Gordon, Carol Penn, Sandra Morgan, Bill Pickle, Elizabeth Poston, Erma Quarterman, Brenda Schneider and Florence Uchendu Also, Guardian Ad Litem attorneys, Stuart Snow and Brooke Evans. For more information about becoming an advocate for abused children, please contact the guardian ad litem office at 843-669-7940. For more information about becoming a foster parent, call The Department Of Social Services at 843-669-3354.







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