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Ivey announces Ribbons of Hope campaign

By J.R. TIDWELL / Editor

Gov. Kay Ivey announced her new “Ribbons of Hope” campaign April 7 at the Alabama State Capitol.

Ivey encourages the residents of the state to tie ribbons around a pole, tree or mailbox, etc. in their front yard as a symbol reminding everyone to pray for first responders, medical personnel and each other for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a release from the governor’s office on the campaign, the ribbons will “symbolize faith, hope, love and prayer.”

Ivey said she hopes these ribbons will “create unity among us and become a beacon of encouragement for everyone who sees them.”

“As an effort to remind the people of Alabama we are all in this together, I ask that each household tie a ribbon in their front yard to remember our medical personnel, first responders and for the health and protection of our family and friends. Let’s use whatever ribbon we already have from a past celebration and may we see a beautiful array of color line our neighborhood streets,” Ivey said. “These ribbons will serve as a reminder to the people of our state that we are lifting each other in prayer, and that just like after the great flood in Genesis, we are mindful of the hope and promise of God during this pandemic.”

Ivey was joined April 7 by several local pastors to tie the first ribbon at the Capitol.