JOPLIN, Mo. - The event started with kids planting pinwheels at Spiva Park. Pinwheels are the new national symbol for child abuse prevention and is meant to reflect hope, health and safety.
People were also asked to wear blue to raise awareness for the cause.
Later on in the evening, the group One April organized a candlelight vigil in memories of victims of child abuse.
"This means we're taking a stand and that Joplin is not going to put up with child abuse," explained Jen Black withe The Alliance of SWMO. "So, we're all going to join in a fight to prevent it."
Roper Kia will hold a 5K run and walk this Saturday morning to raise money for the Children's Center, which provides a safe place for child abuse victims.