On Thursday, December 31st. at 6pm, the public is invited to participate in the inaugural Blue Moon Howl for Child Safety on behalf of Heavenlee-Angle Johns.
The Blue Moon Howl for Child Safety will take place at 645 Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute at the Crossroads Plaza in front of the parking garage.
The event will last approximately 15 minutes and is intended to bring more public awareness of the dangers of not having a child properly restrained in a certified and properly installed child safety seat.
The full moon of December 31st is known as a Blue Moon since it is the second full moon in a calendar month. Participants will be encouraged to howl at the full moon in honor of those who have perished or been critically injured as a result of improper child safety seat use in automobiles. In addition, the howling honors those who serve as rescue personnel and see first-hand the results of these injuries.
Heavenlee-Angle Johns was critically injured in an automobile accident on December 13th and is currently recuperating at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. She was permanently and totally paralyzed as a result of the accident, which was compounded by the fact that, according to Indiana State Police reports, she was not secured in a proper child seat and was restrained only by a factory-installed lap belt.
The Blue Moon Howl for Child Safety is sponsored by C.H.A.N.C.E.S for Indiana Youth and the Safe Kids program, the Terre Haute Children's Museum, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall, the Indiana State Police and the family of Heavenlee-Angle Johns.
It is the first of what will be a series of events over the next 12 months designed to promote child safety seat awareness and inform the public of the dangers of not securing children in a properly secured and inspected child safety seat.
The event is free and open to the public. It will take place irregardless of weather conditions. Everyone is encouraged to attend and support the family of Heavenlee-Angle Johns, rescue personnel of the Wabash Valley and anyone who has lost a child to unintentional, yet preventable childhood injuries recieved in an automobile accident.