Sprint Teams Up with FBC Sheriff to Help Prevent Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Sprint Fort Bend County Landfill is once again a proud underwriter of the Pinwheel Project, an event that helps bring awareness to this important social problem.

The fourth annual Pinwheel Project will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at Homestead Park near the Fort Bend County Courthouse complex. The address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit organizes the event each year to raise community awareness about prevention methods in hopes of making Fort Bend County a safer place for kids. With the help of Sprint and other underwriters, the family event includes free game booths, prizes, inflatable bounce castles and slides, food, drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, bike raffles, and more.

“The Pinwheel Project is an incredible opportunity for families in Fort Bend County to come out to learn more about this important cause and meet the many deputies and law enforcement staff who investigate these difficult cases and work to protect us every day,” said Dave Nelson, Sprint Waste Services president. “But it’s also an absolutely free and fun family event, and we couldn’t be happier to be associated with it again this year.”

The Pinwheel Project and Pinwheels for Prevention have their beginnings back in 2008 when the pinwheel was introduced as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. Fort Bend County isn’t immune to this national problem, and in 2013 the county reported an alarming 40 percent increase in child abuse investigations. The Pinwheel Project seeks to reverse the trend and make Fort Bend County a safer place for kids, according to organizers.

For more information, call 281.341.3827.