Blue Ribbon Campaign

The Blue Ribbon Campaign originated in the Spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna, as tribute to her three year old grandson, Michael Bubba Dickinson, who died at the hands of his abusive father. The blue color of the ribbon symbolizes the color of bruises.

Child abuse is one of the most pressing issues in our country today. More than three children die each day as result of abuse in the home. In Deschutes County reports of abuse have risen from 318 in 1996 to 1580 in 2003.

The Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service (KIDS) Center of Bend began our portion of The Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse in Deschutes County in April of 1997. Our Campaign motto “We all have the power to stop child abuse” will be in the communities of Bend, La Pine, Sisters and Redmond each April. Each year the campaign strives to reach more members of Deschutes County to make them more aware of the issue of child abuse in their community and how they can help prevent child abuse.

“Tree of Hope” Blue Ribbon Ceremony. Join us as we kick off the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse with a special ceremony and open house. View the 1800 blue ribbons tied to our “Tree of Hope” outside the KIDS Center – illustrating the number of child abuse cases reported in Central Oregon. Then join us for refreshments, tours of the KIDS Center, and guest speakers. Plus, you can learn about plans for our new addition.

                                                                          Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 4pm at the KIDS Center

If you can’t make it to the Blue Ribbon Ceremony, we invite you to tie a ribbon on the KIDS Center Blue Ribbon tree anytime during the month of April. Come grab a ribbon at the base of the tree in front of the KIDS Center and tie it on a branch in honor of someone in your life who was abused, or maybe in honor of all the children in the community who are currently being hurt.

Join us for multiple Blue Ribbon Campaign events throughout the month of April.