Story of the Blue Ribbon

Blue Ribbon

The Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Campaign had its early beginnings following the death of a very young child.  In the spring of 1989, Bonnie Finney, A Virginia grandmother received the devastating news that her beloved grandson had died of injuries inflicted by his parents.  In an expression of her grief and outrage, this grandmother did something that has given us a symbol, around which we rally for the cause of child abuse prevention.

She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van as a way to remember “the bruised and battered body of her grandson” and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse.

In Bonnie’s own words: The blue ribbon serves a constant reminder to fight for protection of our children.  Please wear a blue ribbon. Put one on your car, give one to your friends and tell them what it means.  You may save a life of a child!!!!!!

Her simple idea, to wear or display a blue ribbon to show support for her grandchild was picked up by grassroots organizations across the county.

The act of one grandmother thousands of miles away leads us to this day.  Just think what could happen if each one of us helped to spread the word to a few of the people that we come in contact with each day.  The groundswell of support that would follow just might be enough to move us towards the day when our homes and communities are completely safe.

During April and all year, we ask that you wear a blue ribbon to show your support of child abuse prevention and awareness.

This Friday, April 6th, KPYN and the Cass County Child Protective Service Board will hold their annual Radio Auction.  Please make plans to attend the auction either in person at the Mattie Lanier Richey Center or by listening on KPYN 900 AM, 95.5 FM or streaming on from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. When you attend the auction you will have the opportunity to bid on items generously donated by local businesses.  While browsing the items in the morning you can also buy fried pies for $2 each and at lunchtime a BBQ lunch consisting of a BBQ Sandwich, Chips and a Drink for only $7.

All proceeds from this event go to provide for children in Cass County only and allows the board to provide funds for items such as: Clothing, Winter Coats, Monthly Allowances, School Supplies, School Activity Fees, Transportation Expenses, Legal Fees, Graduation Expenses, Emergency Items for when they are first taken into CPS custody and other Items as needed.


The Cass County Child Protective Service Board exists to assist and support the children of Cass County who are involved with Children’s Protective Services.