A Light of Hope Looks to Raise Awareness and Prevention of Child Abuse


For the 15th year, A Child’s Place CASA held the Light of Hope to raise awareness and advocate prevention of child abuse in the Ohio Valley.

It started with a few luminaries but after helping 615 children, CASA decided it was safer and easier to use solar powered lights instead.

Wednesday night, 135 lights lined the walkways at Follansbee’s Municipal Park to represent all the children CASA has been able to help this year. Executive Director Rhonda Stubbs says it’s a big night for CASA but she wishes it didn’t have to be.

“We have a great response but we try to acknowledge the fact that we didn’t have that many kids that we needed to serve and they didn’t need all of our help,” said Stubbs. “It’s beautiful yet when you think about what they represent it can kind of be upsetting too.”

Stubbs says they are currently training volunteers at CASA so if you would like to get involved you can call (304) 737-4444.

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