SHEILA ARON is the founder of The Thread Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. She continues to make a significant contribution to the fight against innocent children and achieving the ultimate goal of eliminating child abuse. Sheila is the author of I’m Glad I’m Me: Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation, which highlights how messages of love communicated between parents and children can positively shape a child’s personality, self-esteem and in later years, their approach to their own children. She reads and donates copies of her book to the children of local nonprofits, including ESCAPE and Childbuilders. She also donates Baby Lovies, a baby blanket weaved with “the thread of love” to local organizations like BEAR (Be A Resource for CPS Kids) and Child Protective Services. Throughout the month of April—Child Abuse Prevention Month—local restaurants offer a “blue plate special” and proceeds go to The Thread Alliance.