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Raising Money and Awareness to Keep America’s Children Safe on National Love Our Children Day on April 8th… a Kickoff to National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Love Our Children USA announced today its partnership with UNO Chicago Grill to enhance efforts to keep America’s children safe by kicking off the 27th National Child Abuse Prevention month, a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness and prevention activities with a celebration of children.

New York, NY, April 01, 2010 --( On Thursday, April 8th, the Eastside and Westside locations of UNO Chicago Grill will donate 20% of each check to Love Our Children USA to help keep America’s children safe during the Seventh Annual National Love Our Children Day.

And to make the day even more exciting, soap stars, TV news anchors and weather anchors such as Martha Byrne (Gotham), Ilene Kristen, David Gregory (One Life To Live), Mike Woods (Fox 5 News), Elise Finch and Lonnie Quinn (WCBS), Maria Sansone, Siafa Lewis and George Oliphant (LXTV), Andrew Siff and David Ushery (WNBC) and many others will be on hand to help raise awareness and funds by being guest waiters.

The "Blue Ribbon" is the symbol for child abuse prevention. Love Our Children USA urges every person across the country to Get Blue. By wearing a Blue Ribbon pin during April and throughout the year, we can educate families, children, neighbors, organizations and communities on how to prevent child abuse and neglect -- encourage community and individual involvement in recognizing and preventing child abuse and neglect – assist families in achieving healthy parenting practices through education and resources and empower individuals to report child victimization and intervene in situations where violence and neglect harm children.

According to Love Our Children USA Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ross Ellis “Child abuse and violence has reached epidemic proportions and the unnecessary tragedies we’ve seen in the last year calls for educating the public immediately and often.” Reports of child abuse nationwide have increased by 30-percent in the last 10-years. If the country thinks child abuse isn't a problem, they need to think again. More than 3 million children are victims of child abuse each year and almost 1.8 million children are reported missing each year, many of whom are abducted from their homes and front yards. Those are only the ones that are reported.

“It is of critical importance that we educate the American public and raise a greater awareness to break the cycle of violence against children – before it starts,” says Ellis.

Ross Ellis said “A child's voice is small, ignored and unheard. We must raise the volume so that everyone hears their message. Imagine if everyone in the country wore a Blue Ribbon -- if every community, business, school, faith organization, hospital and home displayed a Blue Ribbon -- we could make such an impact in raising awareness to break the cycle that breaks children's hearts... their lives... and their spirit.”

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is not only a timely opportunity to remind ourselves of our collective responsibility to protect America’s children and strengthen America’s families, but it is time to accelerate education and awareness of this very public epidemic and make our children a priority Now. The country, our communities, concerned citizens, and even youth must work together to break the cycle.


About Love Our Children USA

Since 1999, Love Our Children USA has paved the way in prevention as the national nonprofit leader that works to break the cycle of violence against children. It has become the ‘go-to’ prevention organization for all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Working to eliminate behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential, it redefines parenting and creates kid success by promoting prevention strategies and positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, bullying and cyberbullying, Internet safety and school violence through public education. Empowering and supporting children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy, and online youth mentoring. Its message is positive... one of prevention, empowerment and hope... keeping children safe and strengthening families.

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Love Our Children USA

About UNO Chicago Grill

Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 165 company-owned and franchised full-service Uno Chicago Grill units located in 27 states, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The company also operates a fast casual concept called Uno Dué Go®, a quick serve concept called Uno Express®, and a consumer foods division which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and branded Uno products.
Love Our Children USA
Ross Ellis