‘Hug Challenge’ presented by Campbell County Social Services to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

Melissa Weirich, right, hugs her daughter, Kacie Thompson, 9, outside the former home of her friend, Ava Lerario, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Lansford, Pa. On May 26, 2020, Ava; her mother, Ashley Belson, and Ava’s father, Marc Lerario were found fatally shot inside the home. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) – April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Across the country, social workers are dedicated to the belief that every child has the right to safe, healthy and nurturing environments.

According to Campbell County Social Services, child abuse affects 121,787 families in Virginia.

For the month of April, families are invited to hug their children 12 times a day, complete a calendar and drop if off at their local Campbell County library branch or by emailing katelyn.mullins@dss.virginia.gov.

“Hugging is a great form of touch that is important to the emotional and physical development of children. Hugging makes children feel safe and secure, makes them smarter, boosts self-esteem, and creates happiness. Everyone can benefit from a hug. It’s really a win-win situation for all!”

Tanita Anthony, Family Services Specialist with Campbell County Department of Social Services

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