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SALEM, N.J. – A campaign working to support at-risk youth is also making its way to breaking a world record for world’s largest rubber band ball.
A traveling rubber band ball made it's way down to Salem on Monday. This ball is aimed at raising awareness for at-risk youth and with every donation from the community the ball grows. This ball of rubber bands represents a community coming together to bring awareness for children who have dealt with abuse and also breaking a world record that’s been set over ten years ago for a good cause.
“The ball is actually a good visualization of when you unite together. The ball will physically grow. I think as we unite together different organizations, different representatives, our voice will grow as well," said Salem mayor, Charles Washington Jr.
Community Treatment Solutions, or CTS, held a kick-off event Monday morning for their "Bands That Unite Us" campaign. This non-profit organization has been raising money to support at-risk youth affected by abuse and neglect. They are also working towards breaking the Guinness World Record for world’s largest rubber band ball.
“There's nothing more horrible than child abuse. And not just for the abused, but also for the other children in the community to understand what this is all about. Child abuse is a terrible thing and we’ve got to do something to stop it," said Charles Hassler, a City of Salem councilman.
Almost every rubber band added to the already 13-pound ball came with a donation. The ball will continue to travel through the region, but once it reaches the record-breaking point, which would be over 9,000 pounds, the mayor hopes the ball will be back in Salem for a celebration.
“As a long-time educator, I saw on a first-hand basis that our most precious resources is our youth. And it was sickening to me to see when our youth are neglected or abused," said Lee ware, a Salem County freeholder.
According to ChildHelp.org, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the United States. CTS works with children and adults up to 21 years old to create a foundation for healing, growth, and success.
“We are starting to band together today to create that awareness, to strengthen the voice, to sound the alarms. We are glad to do so and we look forward to do so in the future,” said Washington.
With the help of the community, CTS hopes that it will only take a year to beat the world record. They hope more of the community will get involved and provide information on their website.