Father's Day walk draws attention to importance of fathers in children's lives

TOLEDO, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - Sunday is Father's Day.

But some kids may not have a dad to be with.

That's why the group RESTORE hosted it's second annual Fatherhood Walk Saturday at Central Catholic High School.

The goal is to raise awareness of the roles fathers play in the lives of their children.

This year's theme was, 'Where are the fathers?'

400 walkers showed up.

Organizers say research confirms children do better in every aspect of their development when there is a responsible father involved in their lives.

"I think it's really important because we see so many kids growing up without positive role models from the fathers in their lives," said Dave Contor of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.

Businesses were encouraged to form teams of walkers to show their support of fathers.

City officials came too.

"It's easy not to participate in events like this. But it's important people know that you care enough that you're here so they can see it's a concern of the Mayor's office, concerned want to get this thing turned around," said Toledo Mayor Mike Bell.

Like all the walkers, Mayor Bell realizes kids are our future.

That's why it's important to be here.

"Hug your kid. Take time out. Look at them. Tell them you love them and give them a hug," said Mayor Bell.

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