Paint Our Town Blue Initiative Continues with Wear Blue Day and Candlelight Vigil

Two events, scheduled for Friday, April 25, will strengthen community awareness of the Paint Our Town Blue—an initiative to inform the community of the epidemic of child abuse while also empowering individuals to make a difference.

Throughout the day on April 25, all are encouraged to participate in Wear Blue Day by choosing to wear blue clothing. “If we can get enough folks to wear blue, it will hopefully get people to ask them for the reasoning and then open up the conversation about the child abuse epidemic,” said Katrina Khouri, Director of Development at Whaley Children’s Center.

At 9 p.m. on the same day, all community members are encouraged to meet on the front steps of the Genesee County Circuit Courthouse to participate in a candlelight vigil. This event will not only be a solemn tribute to all child victims, but also a symbol of hope to encourage the community to work together to create a safe community for all children and families.

To learn more or get involved with the Paint Our Town Blue Campaign, please contact Katrina Khouri at (810) 234-3603 or visit It’s critical to do something now.

Whaley Children’s Center is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1926 that provides residential child care services to children age 5- 17 years old who have suffered chronic and profound abuse and neglect. The services provided to children and families include residential treatment, group homes, and family counseling and aftercare service. To learn more about Whaley Children’s Center, visit