DULUTH, Minn. -

First Witness is a one of a kind place that addresses child abuse not only in the Northland but around the country.

A big part of First Witness being successful is the partnerships formed with community leaders and local law enforcement agencies.

This involves many people working together for a common cause, keeping kids safe from abuse.

Beth Olson, the Executive Director of First Witness, said "It happens everywhere and it happens in all types of families so the most important things we can do is engage in conversation about it, talk to kids about it and make sure professionals are trained to respond."

This is the fourth year First Witness has brought folks from around the region together not only to help raise awareness, but also to raise funds to deliver prevention programming to schools and communities.

You can help by purchasing a blue kid. These are cut out figures of two children and the color blue is to symbolize child abuse.

First Witness is hoping to sell 350 blue kids throughout the month.

Ross Litman, the Sheriff for St. Louis County, said "The reality is this organization needs money to carry on their work and the public can do that by sponsoring a blue kid."

The blue kids are $20 for individuals and $50 for businesses and all sponsored blue kids figures will be displayed in Duluth's Harrison park on I Stand with Kids Day on October 1st.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said, "You look at this small donation to buy a blue kid, we should all be compelled to buy more than one blue kid."

To purchase a blue kid you can go to the first witness advocacy center on west fifth street in Duluth. You can also buy them online at www.firstwitness.org/istandwithkids.