BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- “Over the span of four days, three children, all under the age of three have died and their parents are charged in their deaths.
The tragic incidents span from Shreveport to Thibodaux. Locally the community has been holding a number of vigils and balloons releases to celebrate the life of two-year-old Nevaeh Allen.
Alisha White is the founder of S.W.A.G (Sexual Wellness Advocacy Group, she organized a white balloon release remembering all the children lost to senseless acts of violence all over the state. She said she chose the color white to symbolize peace and unity, something she believes the entire community needs right now.
“I don’t think I’ve slept easy this entire week,” said White.
Along with a balloon release, White held a moment of prayer and a call to action. White is a survivor of childhood drama, she said the latest headlines have hit home.
“God kind of laid it on my heart to do this, I know what it felt like to be in that moment and need somebody and you just don’t have them there,” said White.
Now she’s calling on the community to be the village that the children need.
“One of the things I’ve constantly heard is I saw this, I saw that, and it’s like it time for us to stand together if you see something, say something,” said White.
Ericka Bell is the founder of Speak To My Heart, she partnered with White to organize the balloon release, she said watching the news lately has been heartbreaking and she echoes the same sentiments as White.
“If you see child abuse going on speak on it, if you see parents are struggling with mental issues, help them, reach out, give them the resources you have available,” said Bell.
For parents who may be struggling in silence both White and Bell wants them to know that they don’t have to struggle in silence and that there are people out there who care and want to help.