There are seven red stripes and six white stripes representing the thirteen original British colonies that sought their independence on July 4th, 1776, fifty eight short years before the founding of Children’s Friend.
There is a blue rectangle in the canton of the flag, currently with 50 white stars representing each of the fifty states of the United States. This wasn’t always the case and is subject to change in the future as new states may be added. Our early flag had thirteen white stars in the blue canton representing each state, which was updated continuously to its current form as new states were added.
This important symbolic representation of America reminds me a lot of Children’s Friend, especially with Rhode Island being one of the original thirteen colonies that originally declared independence in 1776.
As an organization, we have adjusted with the changing times to best serve our children and their families, but have also kept our roots firmly committed to the original mission and intent of our founder, serving the needs of the vulnerable young children of Rhode Island.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!