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Love Our Children

From Left to Right: Clown, Love Our Children USA Board Director Kristoph Rollenhagen, Kings Country District Attorney Charles Hynes, Love Our Children USA Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Ellis, Clown, Host of Hollywood Squares and America's Funniest Home Videos Tom Bergeron, Kings County Police Officer DiMaria, Clown, Love Our Children USA Board Director Aaron Charbonnet, Kings County Police Officer Fox, and Love Our Children USA Board Director Steven Connolly — joined by children from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A Celebration in Honor of All Children

National Love Our Children Day was celebrated on April 3, 2004 as the nation joined Love Our Children USA in honoring and celebrating America's children.

Families from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and children from the Starlight Children's Foundation and New York Foundling Hospital joined Love Our Children USA in a kickoff celebration at a performance of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden.

Sponsored by Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, 106.7 Lite FM and Platinum Design Inc., this year's first National Love Our Children Day was recognized with a proclamation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and supported by New York State Governor George Pataki.

An initiative of Love Our Children USA, National Love Our Children Day, like Mother's Day and Father's Day will be celebrated yearly across the country to honor children, strengthen families and raise awareness to protect children.

All Americans are urged to take time to honor children each year on the first Saturday of April!

Whether you are a parent or not, children touch your heart in some way. We all have children in our lives, whether it's a son or daughter, relative, friend or neighbor's child. What greater purpose does a person have than to help protect respect, honor and celebrate a child? What is more powerful than the realization that ... a child needs my love?

Spend the day with the children and teens in your life! Shower them with special attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, concert, shopping or out to lunch. Do something special together or buy them something they've been wanting for a long time - just because you love them!

By honoring, respecting and protecting children and celebrating the loving relationship we all should have with them, we can keep them safe and protected and stop the cycle that continues to victimize them in so many ways.

Reinforcing values of treating children with kindness and respect, nurturing their development, maintaining their self-esteem, creating a safe, non-violent world in which they can live, and reinforcing loving, healthy families to give all children a healthy start.

Focusing on the attitudes and behaviors that need to be changed - promoting healthy and happy children and strengthened families through the support of our nation's communities.

America's children have been left in the shadows for too long. We celebrate them now and forever!

Whatever you choose to do with your children on Love Our Children Day, make it a special day! Celebrate together! Children are our treasures!


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