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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - April 13

April 13, 2013

Thumbs up to staff at Meritus Medical Center and students from Hancock Middle-Senior High School, who this week did their part to bring attention to the horrors of child abuse. Meritus employees placed nearly 1,600 pinwheels outside the hospital’s main entrance, each one representing a reported case of child abuse in Washington County last year, while the Hancock students planed a tree and a pinwheel garden in Widmeyer Park and distributed blue ribbons around town in memory of child-abuse victims.

Thumbs down to the man claiming to be raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County who has contacted residents at their homes, saying he is selling items on behalf of the nonprofit group. But after collecting money from the residents, he fails to provide the items, which include cinnamon buns and pizza. Taking advantage of others’ generosity, especially in the name of an agency that benefits children in need, is unconscionable.




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