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Tifton welcomes flamingos

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Flamingos are popping up all around Tifton this month in an effort to stop child abuse and neglect.

The Tift County Child Abuse Council is holding its 14th Flamingo Flocking fundraiser. 

Residents who wake up to find the pink birds in their yard have to donate $20 to the council to have them removed, but they get to chose which house they flock to next.  

Organizers say it's a fun way to fight a serious problem.  

"I know they probably they (the community) probably think oh my gosh, the flamingos are out again, but we really appreciate it so much and it means so much to all of us," said Beth Lewis, Tift County Council on Child Abuse President.

Lewis said the county had 500 cases of child abuse last year, making the effort ever more imporant.  "If we can prevent child abuse, because it is a vicious cycle, therefore hopefully, you know, we can have stable individuals in our community that have not had to endure this,"  she said.

She said the month long event is the non-profit's biggest fundraiser.  It's expected to generate $3,000 - $4,000 directly for the cause. 

For more information on how you can help fight child abuse, or to learn more about the council, call (229) 388-1000 or (229)382-5172.

 

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