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Toledo receives special gift from Newtown for Child Abuse Prevention

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Some of the blue yarn gifts sent in. Some of the blue yarn gifts sent in.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

April 10 is "wear blue to work day" to show support in the fight against child abuse. If you're in downtown Toledo that day, you may notice a few parking meters and bike racks wrapped in blue yarn, as well.

It's called yarn bombing, and some pieces have a special meaning.

In a collaborative effort to bring awareness to the day, Lucas County Children Services and the Toledo Free Press reached out to a local "yarn bomber." She reached out to the yarn bombing community, and the response was unexpected.

Packages from Germany, Sweden, France, Maine, California and more arrived on the desk of Editor in Chief Michael Miller, but one particular package was enough to bring the cause full-circle.

"I saw the cards and then the comment, and then the picture of Newtown on the card and I immediately went to one of our editors' offices and said, ‘You won't believe what we just received,'" Miller explained. "We're not just getting yarn from people who are interested in this cause, we're getting yarn from people who have been living this pain for the last few months."

The package said, "Greetings from Sandy Hook, CT. We know all too well that we need to protect our children and applaud you for your efforts on ‘Wear Blue Day.'"

"There's no place in the nation that understand the loss and the need to protect children like that. That's ground zero for this topic," Miller said. "Those aren't just pieces of yarn, they're little pieces of soul from Newtown."

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