Two local organizations — For Love of Children (FLOC) and New Beginnings For Youth — are collaborating on a community Anti-Bullying Rally slated for Saturday, Sept. 6.
The event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at MacIntosh Park (Edwin C Moses Boulevard and W. Riverview Avenue, Dayton) and will include testimonials, inspirational and informational speakers, food and music.
We’ve written about FLOC over the years in Make A Difference — it’s the all-volunteer organization dedicated to the needs of over 6,000 area children who are abused, neglected, in foster care or who are in need of community service.
New Beginnings For Youth is an Ohio based non-profit organization with the mission of educating and inspiring youth to become positive, productive citizens through educational and community service-based programs.
“Bullying is a dangerous and frightening reality,” says Beth Mann, who heads FLOC. “With the advent of cyber bullying, victims deal with a constant barrage of hate, and have little hope of retreat.”
Mann says there are many children in our greater Dayton area who deal with this issue on a daily basis.
“We need to talk about this with our children, whether they are the bully or the bullied,” she says. “We need to give them support and education and tools in order to deal with their frustration and anger and subsequent behaviors.”
In order to ensure that this first-ever event is successful, the two groups are in need of a minimum of 100 volunteers and a variety of donated items.
Here’s what they need:
- Name badges
- 100 plain black T-shirts
- Food items such as sandwiches, pizza, subs
- Drinks of any kind such as pop or lemonade
- Helium tanks
- 1,500 balloons
Items can be dropped off at 128 West 1st St., Talbott Tower, FLOC offices in Dayton. If no one is there to take them, you can leave your donations with the garage attendants at Talbott Tower garage who will make sure they get to the FLOC offices.
If you’re willing to volunteer, call (937) 222-5680 or visit www.flocdayton.org
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